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58th c.'^.:o.(air crew) --Massachusetts state college 


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Vol.1 no. 2 

A¥'iSP.ST, MASS., March 27, I943 

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A merit-demerit system on a, 
competitive system for every in- 
dividud, platoon and squadron jn 
the 58th goes into effect immed- 
iately, according to an announce- 
ment from Post Headquarters. 

Rewards and punishments will 
be based on the appearance of the 
men and their rooms and the mili- 
tary performance of squadrons. 

A night off in the middle of 
the week for those squadrons , pla- 
toons or individuals whose per- 
formance is rated outstanding by 
the officers is one example of 
the type of reward to be given, it 
was said, 

Punishments will take the form 
of denial of any privilege and 
will be m.eted out at the discre- 
tion of the Commanding Officer, 
'linor offenses will result in de- 
tails for the offenders. 

Haircuts must be of the G.I. 
variety, and all mustaches, beards , 
Van Dykes, and the like are ruled 
out. Other instances of personal 
hygiene which will be taken into 
consideration are shined shoes, 
profane language, talking or spit- 
ting in ranks, and "being anything 
other than what a prospective Air 
Cadet should be. " 


The long-awaited, and mucn- 
postpone.i, dance will bo held to- 
night under the direction of Fr, 
Eastcn and the Campus Committee. ' 

The members of the 58th will 
find a dance orchestra at the 
^ill Hall, providing music through* 
out the evening. For those who 
want other entertainment as well 
as dancing, the bowling and bill- 
iards facilities at Memorial Hall 
h' ve been made available. Two 
hundred College girls will serve 
as hostesses at both halls, during 
the evenings pr ogram, which will 

start at 7:30. Refreshments will 
'be served, 



To Carry Full Line Of Candy, 
Military Supplies, 'Vriting 
And Toilet Articles 


By Dick Cohen 

K Post Exchange v/ill be set up 
at the college for soldiers of the 
58th College Training Detachjnent 
"Within the very near future, " it 
was revealed yesterday to "Take 
Off" by Captain Dewey Couri, 

The Exchange will be located in 
the basement of Memorial Hall. ^ 
private entrance to the canteen 
will admit soldiers. 

It was added th..t the Exch...nge 
would in all probability be opln 
all day, and that groups of sol- 
diers, in formation, would be able 
to marc.i to and from the Exchange 
in their free periods, 

A full line of candy, cigar- 
ettes, military supplies, regula- 
tion neckties, socks and shirts 
will be sold. Toilet articles 
will also be on sale at the P.X. 
Low Prices In Effect 
Regular post Exchange prices 
will pr..vail. a much lower price 
scale than now prevc..ils in the 
college store, with chocolate 
bars at three cents is expected. 

It was emphasized thatnoalco- 
holicbeverages of any kind, includ- 
G. I, beer, would be sold. 

Civilian personnel would un- 
doubtedly be behind the counter. 

It was not learned, however, 
whether the college store, with 
its soda fountain and co-eds, 
would be declared out of bounds 
once ^ the aanteen is opened. Nor 
was it revcL.led whether regular- 
ly enrolled students at 
lege would be allowed 
and purchase supplies at 
This new and needed 
'"fill be a great help to 
in maintaining a higher 
of personal appearance, 
giene. In addition the 

the col- 
to visit 

the P.X. 
the men 
s tandard 
and hy- 
easy ac- 

cessibility to necessary supplies 
will ease the flow af mailed gifts. 


A Weekly Pu"blicatlon By The 
Enlisted Men of 
The 58th Coll. Trng. Sq. 
Mass. State College 

Editor-in-ohief . . a1 Rachleff 
Managing Editor , . R. Horowitz 
Art Editor , . . John F. Servo 

Eick Cohen }?ol3 Siart 

Richard Mallo'^h 

George Winburn Sy Beder 
Richard Richards Bob Litman 
Don 'Veston Dick Sockol 

Directed By 
Lt. Kenneth L. Sayles 

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The "SPIRI'^ OF THE CORPS," is a strange, intangible thing. It is 
sorriethin)^ that gro-»/s within a man, a feeling of pride in his comrades 
ahd his leaders., and the ideals and standards for wnioh they stand. 
It is an inner warmth that makes a cohesive, blended unit of c.ny other- 
wise heterogeneous group. 

''re he 
and on the 
All thes' 

V.:. been here, we the members and students of the 58th, for 
Y/eeks, There has been much development of co-operation and 
, and a definite tendency towards "esprit de corps." Te have 
to march and sing together, to help each other in school woik 
field and in room clean-up. ''''e have compiled our little 
gleanings from the men about-, us, and selected our friends, 
things are vital elements in the final, rich, glowing unity 
that makes the esprit. 

However, that alone is not enough. Tho it appears to be * com- 
plete structure; it can be compared to a ship that leaks, but gets to 
port, an orcnestra that plays its symphony but lacks the full, rich 
harmony that miakes it extraordinary. 

Tnere are constituent parts to this last ingredient, . To quote 
Captain Couri , "Sincerity is the keynote of success here. "'^en have a 
serious job to do, and there is no place for joking. It disrupts the 
organization and drive of our primary plan, to make fliers of you; to 
make you realize the value and impoicance of group co-ordination." 

We have seen, all of us, the fine feeling of carr.eraderie in bar- 
racks, in town, and in formation, all we need is a finer awareness 
of the necessity for more of that, a distinct striving for pride in 
this 'detachment and its men. 'Ve must not be separated and disunified 
by petty differences and dissatis factions ; we m.ust be tolerant of the 
gig system, and whatever restrictions must arise. '7hen we do--and we 
are close to it now--we shall have acquired the enviable spirit that 
Kipling and ':^ennyson ascribed to the greatest soldiers in all history. 

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'Vhere do you go from hero? 
■""ftiny cf you, I suppose, are anxious 
to learn your next step and what 
"Will happen to change your status 
from an enlisted amn to a cadet. 

After completing your work 
here f.t the 58th College Training 
Detachment , you probably will ar- 
rive at the l^ashville i-.rmy Air 
Forces Classification Center and 
here you will be sworn in as avi- 
ation cadets and will then be clas- 
sified either as a pilot, naviga- 
tor or bombardier, depending up- 
on your attributes 'wiich the per- 
sonnel there will be able to de- 
termine . 

"^'our next step from Mashville 
will be at a Pre-flight school 
for your particular speciality. 
To follow the course of a man go- 
ing out of pilot training, hi 
would start at Pr'..'-fl ight school 
at JTax^well Field, ^labajna. Upon 
successfully completing the course 
at Pre-flight school, the future 
Pilot is sent to one of the Pri- 
m.ary flying schools where he pur- 
sues a ten-we'^ks course in fly- 
ing, ground school and military 
training. At Primary flying sch- 
ool, eacn cadet is required to 
successfully com.plete a sixty- 
hour course in flying; learning 
such maneuvers as gentle £nd steep 
banks, climbing turns, volume 

turns, chandelles, lasy eights, 
slow rolls, steep rolls, loops 
and immelmans, 

Fro:n there, on to Basic flyina: 
school, 'Vith one's ^l,tb accus- 
tomed to the sound of a prlm..ry 
plane he will find the noise of 
a basic training plane when tak- 
ing off will sound likE- the full- 
throated roar of an ex-oress train. 
Here will come long unonding 

hours of flying blind with the 
student sitting in the back scat 
und'^r a hood and flying the plane 
Solely on instruments. Later 
"rill come short formation flights 
and soon he win learn about and 
have a gr-^-ater respect for the 
theory of relative motion and 
moving objects. 

Upon completing his seventy 
hours in the Basic sciool, the 
cadet will bo eager to enter the 
last of student training 
.'..t an Kdvanc?d flying school where 
he will first retract the wheels 
I of an advanced training plane 
and flies on hopeful that he 
will r^-'member to lower t:iera, when 
coming in for a landing. Here, 
in rapid ' succession, the cadet 
gOo'S under the hood c.nd flies the 
plane, takiS up formation flving, 
flying in V and ecnelons, crossing 
lover from doing various other ma- 
Ineuvers in formation. Also includ 
'ed in the curriculum are day 
fiross-countrvj day night crogs- 

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Due to our prolonged confine- 
ment, I fear the boys of the 58th 
were going sligntly stii -crazy . To 
relate just a few of the eiisodes; 

The gentry of Jew is Hall were 
having a St. Patty's Day parade on 
the third floor. Headed by tv^o 
trumpeters attired in gas m^asks, 
helmets, and G.I. underwear, they 
marched up and down singing songs 
of old Erin. Lt. Kelly, a man 
from the , Old Countree himself, 
suddenly popped onto the scene, 
and to the amusement of all, the 
boys were commanded to givt a re- 
peat performance. The brave de- 
fend.^rs of our nation, the creami 
of .im:rica's fighting youth, ob- 
liged and Cc^rricvi on in fin c 
style in their underwear. 

T^z/o happy characters, waile 
flying paper airplanes on the 
fourth floor of Thatcher, were in- 
terrupted by the sight of th.: 
3pectro(alias jot Sentry) , wrapped 
in his G.I, comforter, floating 
merrily down the hall conversing 
v/ith a cell-mate in Arabic. 

Naturally, we wouldn't want 
this to go any further, but just 
who is this ^rL^b^lla that ""rivate 
Harry i-iichards writes to every 
day? 'Vith a name like that, per- 
haps it's better that it doesn't 
go any further. 

^nd, until further notice, tnc 
men intending to go aTOL, must 
gi-vE their platoon leader or first 
sergeant at least forty-eight 
hours notice before doing so. 

It is also rumored that T.S, 
(Tough Sledding "i slips will not 
be honored after .-.pril 15, .-Jl 
men after this date will be re- 
quired to produce &»0. L. (Sucu 
Outlandish Luck") stubs instead. 

Sights of the 'Veok: 

Tjq. E Commander ..Jlen's ton- 
sils w len giving comimands . . . -al 
Saftler's asking everyone for 
"Zinc Erntment". , , Tnomas E.Smith 
talking about his "anti-bodies. " 
...Leonard Samuel talking to the 
Chaplain: "I'm good. Take; the 
Glee Club out and put me in. T 
can do anything. This is mxy 
racket. " 

Don Toston, that v^iin umong con- 
sumptives, WDuld like to form a 
cross-country team, a11 those 
who wish to round out their day 
with £. ten-mile jaunt ar^ invited 
to join him. Fr:..nkly, after a 
day's v^rork, T finu it' difficult 
enough to make my skin "creep, " 
let alone drag my bones ill around 
the campus. 

,. salL-mi that belonged for a 
short while to cur beloved--^^$&' ^ 
editor, ^1 the Rachleff, disap- 
peared mysteriously one night-- 
20 mien ha .pcn.vd to be in the roomi 

so its -difficult to accuse >^nyone 


Dear Ma; This is what we do 
every day In the morninf^. 

5:45__525 potential Air Cadets 
spread their ears and fly to the 
lavatory only to find they have 
been outraged "by 75 victims. 

6:00--Roll Call: Eager Eeavers 
in various stages of nightmare 
hurriedly fall out of bed. It is 
an established fact that 25t of 
the men on sick call are suffer- 
ing from various types of "fall 
eut." Gentlemen, fall out does 
not mean fall out. 

6:15--The busy housewives arc 
caressing the floor wit.i brooms 
and singing sweet mclodios like 
"Take !'Te Home Again, Kiathleen, " 
also known as "Might as Toll Talk 
to the Wall, Mother, ' Caus 3 Father 
is Plastered Too," As the strains 
of these haunting refrains die 
down, the usual black sheep of the 
room is caught tearing off a fast 
letter to that sweet kid back home. 
This usually results in a hot- 
headed debate about whose turn it 
is to clean house. Before any 
additions are made to the sick CtJl 
listj there is an amazing transi- 
tion from, the rugged he-man to the 
glorified chambermaid. At this 
point, lunatics are heard skipping 
merrily up and down the corridor 
yelling out the inane phrase, 
"First platoon fall out for chow 
--we're twenty m^inutes late." 

Thus, with a bark of "Lross 
Right Dress," the cold light of a 
]''assacnusetts dawn hits the top 
of Thatcher and Lewis and the mem- 
bers of the 58th slowly re^-lize 
that they are fully awak ■. Thence 
1 ch ow . H . B . S . 


The infirmary at Lewis Hall is 
soon to lose some of the very cap- 
able hands that have been nursing 
its sick men. 

Those men ¥/ho have had the du- 
bious distinction of being confined 
there know Nurse Bertha Strong. 
Instead of winking a "hello"at her 
in the future, they will salute 
smartly, for Nurse Strong has been 
sworn into the Navy Nurse Corps as 
an Ensign, a native of Amherst, 
she expects to be called to duty 
within th? next two weeks. 

Two of the night staff. Nurses 
■Joanna Hathaway of Northampton 
and Irene Surgen of Heidley, arc 
also leaving. Both arc now Lieu- 
tenants in the Army Nurse Corps 
and expect to report for active 
duty at Lowell General Hospital 
at Camip Devens, jfass. , by the end 
of this month. S.B. 


Classics light informal songs 
and downrignt funny ones featured 
the t"'T; State College Glee Club 
show presented last Saturday night 
in Bcwker Auditorium. 

The program was greeted with 
enthusiastic applause by an audi- 
ence which included m^any soldiers 

"Ballad for Americans," per- 
formed with restraint and in ex- 
cellent taste, was the chief 
number on the program. Arrange- 
ments by members of the Glee Clu b 
with college talent in the solo 
parts, was a feature of the show. 

After the program, the soldiers 
were invited up to the stage to 
meet the memibers of the chorus in 
person. The boys indicated the ir 
approval of the shov/ by singing 
them.selves. The entire group 
joined in on "Jelly Sixpence." 

^f/r-q-Ti^RS T" I "-TVaDED 

Invasion of the town of Amherst 
opening t. second front for members 
of the 58th, was ordered Saturday 
by Captain Dewey Couri and a swift 

advance captured the town in less 
than a hc^lf hour, according to a 

bulletin from the front. 

j\ frontal attack, plus diver- 
ting flank movements, took the 
town without resistance, and oc- 
cupation Was complete by 3:30 
Saturdi^y afternoon. 

Clear, sunny weather greeted 
the conquering soldiers of the 
detachment, and the Army of Oc- 
cupation acquitted itself favor- 
ably as regards behavior and con- 
duct, according to the Commanding 
Officer, The admonitions of local 
officers here had their effect, 
and with the exception of a few 
minor lapses and a bit of too ob- 
vious hilarity, approval of the 
behavior of the group by Captain 
Couri and favor^^ble reports from, 
townspeople was given. 

The question of future week- 
end passes, including visits to 
outlying cities such as Boston 
and New York, involves the prob- 
lem of m-eting train and bus 
schedules. a11 men on passes are 
advised to leave on earlier trains 
than seem necessary to insure re- 
turn to the barracks on time. 
Penalties for Sunday nignt late- 
nesses will be severe. 

Air Raid Instructions 

"■"very member of the 58th in 

cr around /jnnerst must report back 

to the post in the event of an 

air raid alert, practice drill or 

actual raid, 



yesterday by Captain 

IS announced 

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:iOLD AT 58T:i;IS effective NOV 

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In a nid-v/eck announcermRnt, Cap. 
ta-in U, G«uri, t'-irougn Lt-. Kelly, 
advised "TAKE OFF" of tne latetet 
and ":oat complete re,-3ulati ona ■^ cv- 

orning the new c,yKtem of cienerits-. 
The re--.7orked plan hus been eff- 
ective since .vedne-^day if latJtweek, 
and co.-bines raany of the features 
of syi'temG used tl-irou^inout C-J-det- 
Rc^noolB of the nation. offenBcsj 
are punis table by fornal tourc, 
in units of t'.vo hours, t-^ be held 
on Saturdays and Sundciys, Any man 
who ha'.3 tours, must complete therr. 
before the debt is conr. iddred paid 
off. Those with pasties for week- 
ends vrill Have to cancel plans,. 

The schedule of tours will be 
charp;cd from Saturday inooection 
to the f oil o?/ing Saturday inspec- 
tion, and is as follovaj 

3 demerits--! tour (2 hrs. ) 
5 " m-2 touiE (4 «• ) 

7 " —3 " (6 " j 

9 " -.4 " (8 » ) 

Schedule of Time:- 

Tour No. 1 -- 13 30 to 15 30 Sat 

" " 2 -- 15 45 to 1745 " 

" " 3 — 1000 to 1?00 Svn 

" " 4 -- 1400 to 1600 " 

These tours rnust bo Her-z^d in 
order of "demerit ch;.r'?e£", t^iat 
is, consecutively. The demerit 
list will be postnd on the bulletin 
board diiily, and students v/illr;?:ive 
?4 hours tn initial the notice, 

Ri.'^id Punishments 
demerits will be asni,-:ned by til 
{■"Cting student officers, student 
oerffeants, and of course, Officers 
of t:'e "Oetachiient, Offenses of a 
n-necial sorious nc^ture, v/ill 1 e suit 
in call before the Command inp: Off- 
icer, Writ) ■■•'ill impose punisJuiicnt 
in accorrianc" v/ith the circumstan- 
ces of the c;;ii-.e. Ignorance of tiie 
rulfs will not be occepted as en ex- 
cus*; the TRook of post Regulations 
is to be the "^ible herr^, and the r^on 

(Cont'd on O;-;. 4. ) 

Golnel Aplinfiiton Assumes Ajew 
Duties as Commanaer of All 

M. S. 3. ■'■military vnits 


in accordance with a direct- 
ive from the ^^J/ar "Department, Ad- 
jutant General ts office, \vasn-> 
ington, D.G., Colonel Horace T. 
Apiington, director of ?'ilitary 
science, Massacnusetts state 
College, has been appointed com- 
mander of all military training 
units at Mt St C, 

To eliminate any question of 
doubt in the minds of you mien in 
the 58th GTD Colonel Apiington 
wishes to make one point clear 
insofar as concerns the future 
admiinistrative and military fun- 
ctions of this •^.etar'hrrient,"' 

Captain Dewey 7/, ^juri will 
CQntinue in his present position 
as Gomjnanding Officer of the 58 
CTD with jurisdiction over aca- 
demic, military and physical tr- 
aining programs, -H^ach one of 
you will as in the p;ist be held 
directly responsible to C;-;pt, 
Couri for the satisfactory per- 
form:;nce of your duties here. 

Colonel Apiington a native of 
ATPW York City, tvt. y. was born in 
the year I880. For tne past 30 
years he has devoted his full 
time and efforts to tne very sat- 
isfactory perf Grmi;,nGe of his mil- 
itary profession;il duties, During 
Torld -v^r 1 Colonel Apiington 
served as a membor of the Staff of 
the .90th Division, actively enga- 
ged in France. During that time, 
he held tne rank of temporr.rv 
H^j or. - -^ 

In true family tradition Colo- 
nel Aplington's '^on, Henry, a C£.p- 
tain in the ^'.^arine Gorps is now 
right m t-:,e heat of combat in 
the Soutn pacific Area, 

Thum.bnail sketch 
.aptam Gouri, too, was in the last 
war, and was sent to Officers Trai- 
ning School at Fort Lee, ya, ' 

(Conttd on pg,3 j ■ . 

A '7o3'rly Publication '^y T^; 

Enlisted Men of 

The 58th Ooll. Tng* T)et« 
Mass, state oolle^e 

Editor-in-chief , , 

Ass't Editor , , , 

Managing Editor , . 
Art Editor . , 

. Al Rachleff 
, . Dick Cohen 
. R. Horowitz 
John E. Serve 

Richard Malloch Marty K^tz 
Role porter "nave Kames 

Dick Sockol Sy Beder 

Hal Saftler Bob Litman 
Richard Richards ^on Teston 

George Vinburn 
Circulation Ed Shapiro 

Adviser: Lt. George niller 


The tall, graceful spires on 
the campus will alv/ays remain to 
most of uG a dearly cherished 
memory, of what are probably the 
freest, happiest days of our time- 
in the armiy. 

There are in the group, hcweveir 
s om.e m. en who find minor gripes to 
enlarge upon, to the delight of 
some few followers, who agree that 
there mustbe other horizons where 
the clouds and beds are softer. 
There are oomiplainers all throu- 
gh civilian and army life, so 
that in itself is not a really 
disturbing thing, ^n/hat is miost 
disappointing to the sincerely 
satisfied men is that there 
is a majority mxmber nore who do 
not positively appreciate the se- 
renity and beauty of training at 
a lovely college like this. 

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Let's havii a lojk at what will 
happen to us when we loave h^re, 
so that in fair contrast, "/u may 
develop a deepL-r c Tntentment in 
our privoleged stay at i{ass, state. 

our next' step in the trek from 
here is some huge, busy, southern 
Air-force classification center, 
Atlantic City was pure plums and 
a pink boudoir compared to that, 
if you don't believe it, the of- 
ficers will verify it, with em- 
pnasis. ^ho barracks ar^ made jf 
tar-paper 3ver a ply^»ood frame; 
when you sweep in the morning 
it's a cincn--you just look for 
the biggest chink in the floor 
and shove it in, ^/hen it rains 
you're in mud to your ankles, and 
when it's dry, you spit SL.nd with 
every breath. 

SO let's cut it out and be- 
gin to wafe up to thv real I'uxu- 
rios iLnd benefits we have here. 
/The arm.y at it's best we all khT/, 
is not quite civilian life, but 
at its best, this is itj 

The Editor 

Soiae of 
men, must > 

or milkmen 
lian days. 

our colleagues gentle- 
lavG been band leaders 

in taicir palm^y, civi- 
Ti'iey just don't sleep 
nights. At the call of "Lights 
out" they break forth in alL their 
unholy glory, and bedlam reigns, 
unfortunately, somio others of us 
have the silly habit of sleeping 
once in a while, or else we dont 
play, ^fje could, of course, att- 
empt to give UTo that ridiculous 
habit, but tXie great number of 
us arc so constructed that such 
a change is impossible. Sadly, 
but, we miust ask those 
night owls rjTiong us to retrerl to 
t.ieir bunks at 9:45 and roost. 
Seriously, fellows, give the 

rest of us a break. 





by Hul saftl?r 

one of the '-'lout i,,.pi'c;GD ive sc- 
enes on the j-eservati on ie tnt-t 
of the 58th T)etacn'-';ot ]J.eti'C;..t pc;- 

T doubt v/het/ier axxy of uo v/ill 
ev^T forf^et our firct f^reaa re- 
hearf^al retre;.t, 'Ve "/ill never 
forget ho'v novel rvc^rythinf', '.'.'i-.a, 
plcitoons of men -''ith confident f;.* 
cen ynds ''lin^'d s'ooes nr.rched on 
to tnat field n'ith undying ti'UDt 
in their officers, "C ?lumn I'^it" 
■Viis trie conrrand* , "^aively, ev-:ry* 
on'=; follo'ved the GoiTi"iand;..nt, 

'Vithin another t'vo seconds, '^e 
hftf.rd the r3t\irr inr^ copr,;:„nd, "Ool- 
uran .-^lub-blubj " That 'vas thel;int 
"ve 3;.)v/ of our Squadron Cornmander, 

At the subsequent com-nand of 
"Gurgle," we all \ :) .>> out our 
oars and rowed south, little r<no- 
win*^ that 've had trarpljd over 

iimherat'd favorite alphalpha field, 
I a. sure, that had "/e realized we 
corn/r.ittcd t-iis -.isdcraeanor, -'.'e v/o- 
uld {tl::dly and happily iiave swum 
tne Knp;lir,h Channeil, 

Yiti'i supreme courap;e, -.vo cont- 
inued \x.u.TO!\in'Z, makinf^ a left tiun. 
Thin bit of action oGt u!3 1? men. 
It eeemf' that t.-ie corporal of one 
of tne platoonr, fell into a 30 ft. 
well, ani 11 men follo'vcd him be- 
cause each had his eyes r,lued on 
the man in front of him. 

.■.t thic juncture, the r;ta>lcnt 
1 om"iL-nd?r sennin.(T scmrithing "/as 
a/'. i s s , or '"' ■•! r ■?. c^ t " pr e h ^. n t .■ : r: n 3 " , 
In or\^ •■otion, 5l8 paii'O of 'vat- 
or 'vinfi;s sprout ed and the entire 
squf;drf)n safely reached, tne Hure 
foot in;- of a ne.-'Tby quagmire, 

"Oe!:nite c;7 rythin;;^, -ve h;-d ■jq,~ 
c o-T^pl is'.-:^d o-ir main purpose, ;.,t 
any rr.ite, t.:^? captain '.vas i- at its* 
fied. Thus, with hif];h aearts t.nd 
dirty fa cms ••j" marched J oadly ^own 
t.' CTOv; :„nd 'lunfjrily partook of a 
ne-/ and favoi'ite dish " "Rrown 

",l:)o^t^, -.vhere is t .y sting." 

( ;:ont'a p2, 1, ) 
DEVTIKIT HyP,T":;. GOEi;^. V\'^0 il^'i^'-^ICT 

will be tested on its Contents, 
" '-..i' reviv.'.led at :ir:..dqaarterH . 
All men w-io a:r'e autfior i?'f^d ; t- 
ices from, lir:iations "..uS'T' ad- 


■'e ;ir? r\a.opy and proud to an- 
nounce that in' the 5uture, or ;b- 

aV^lv boT.innini': -"ith tne irsue of 
April 17, "Take OP^" ">'ill be x\Jt - 
lis. "fid in pnfessicn:.! ty pe-fJ 1^1 j 
and f'or"-i;.. t. 'Ve 'visn to thank 3p- | 
tain Couri -^or is '^ .'noi' ras effort; 

P.y 3. J» ";.eder 
Tne iTlyinf; /,ces of th« bSth ; le 
invadifi.-'; ?arnes ,,iiport, neaj' .Vctt* 
firld this v/cek, ""he attacks are 

saort, and only partially Success- 
ful* The first flight of Squad- 
ron E mi^-naged to take control t^f 
the Pvirpcrt during the rf.orning , 
but weather oonditi^ns were such 
tha-t a retreat was called at ah- 
cut noon. 

An oversizei. jeep, riding just 
about as roughly as the weather, 
took the men to the field, it was 
presumed that anyone ccm.pleting 
the bus ride without trouble would 
have no trouble in the air, but in 
several cases this -was not found 
to be true, part of the prelimin* 
ary ground instruction, in fact, 
involved getting the window open 
atuickly in sase of digestive emier- 
genoy. However, it seems that som 
difficulty was experienced along 
this line, and som.e of the person* 
nel will hcve to pay sizable dry- 
cleaning bills next week. 

The men of this flight had no 
physical education scheduled fcr 
that morning, but found that they 
had to do plenty of ^^ross-bcuntry 
running to get out to the line crd 
hold onto the planes to prevent 
their being tipped over ^oy the 
wind. The breeze was so vigorous 
that it is to standard procedure 
henceforth, for all-tnoss flying' 
to look for stomachs previously 
left aloft. 

THE T. S. SLIP is a new genus 
in the family of grouch- ad (dlers 
and gripe saddlers. it has been 
deemied of primary im.portance to 
present to the men of the 58th a 
vent, an outlet, a valve as it waE 
through which to blow off excess 
condensation. Te herewith happily 
(Whee;) present our version ^f 
T ough sledd-j ng. 

— 3UT OUT H-gPE - , 

I 58th GTD, Mass. state Coll. 

I 1 

I (Tough Sledding) ' 

I T.S. GRIPE (Legit) 1 


a'< ing all t iv. 

oosa iblo. 

I Signature 

1 ^Tot to be G onf us"ed~wlth E.O.l' 

, stub, whfch will be printed next" 

week. < 

L _ _ 1 

Ea ifcte: All T.S. ts ^iif bT pFj 
esented to Sergeant virelle, 
■J^e 11, Thatcher Hall before Sun 
dwn I960. 'vhen the pile grows 
to a height of over 14 feet, th4 
sergeant will refer all slips tc 
the pentagon Puilding in 'f/ash- 
Ington to further confuse thnse 
poor people down there. 





Vol. 1 No. 5 

58th G.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., APRIL 17, 1942 

Subscription Free 

80 Dance Tonight 
With WAVES; 
Movie In Bowker 

Eighty men- of the 58th will 
dance tonight with a group of 
WAVES at Northampton, 
Chaplain Easton anngunced 
yesterday. An Army truck 
will provide transportation for 
the men to and from the 
dance. It was not revealed 
which men would be chosen 
to attend the dance. 

Here at the college, a gala 
movie show will be held in 
Bowker Auditorium. The pre- 
sentation will run over two 
hours, with "Texas Rangers," 
starring Fred MacMurray, the 
feature attraction. Tonight's 
performance will be the first 
to which the new quarantined 
men will be admitted. The 
"lepers" will be permitted to 
attend the show, but will sit 
in the balcony. 

Memorial Hall will be open 
Sunday afternoon and evening 
for those men who have visi- 
tors. Bowling, with real live 
pin-boys, will be free to mili- 
tary personnel. 

Men In Two New Flights Starting Today 
To Get Flying Pay And Free Insurance 

Future Air Cadets 

Reading from left to right: CoL Horace T. Aplington, 
commanding officer of the post; Hugh P. Baker, M. S. C. 
president ; and Capt. Dewey W. Couri, commanding officer of 
the 58th, photographed at last week's meeting in Bowker 


PX To Open Here Soon 

In Thatcher Mailroom 

The long awaited Post Ex- 
change will be opened in the 
former Mailroom in Thatcher 
Hall by the end of the month. 
The PX will close nightly at 7. 

Derk Jimwit, Grounded Pilot, 
Zooms Around Airport Canteen 

When, over a week ago. 
Captain Couri broke the news 
that 120 men in Squadron E 
would fly ten days prior to 
their leaving the 58th, the 
chosen ones wavered in near 
collapse and sighed, "Ah . . ." 
' In Flight 3 was Derk Jim- 
wit. He passed up breakfast, 
thinking, "Gonna fly today, 
can't overload my stomach." 
At twelve o'clock the flight 
was cancelled, and Flight 3 
fell in for chow behind the 
third platoon of Squadron B, 

which usually gets its noon- 
time meals in time for supper. 
Wednesday, after two days of 
scheduled flying (?) Derk 
reached the Airport. He spent 
the afternoon banking and 
looping within the confines of 
the airport canteen, and con- 
sumed a gallon of coffee, four- 
teen crullers, and two juke 
box records while waiting for 
his instructor to show up. 

At midnight, Derk Jimwit 
gave up and sadly left to join 
the Tech Command, an aceexisting ones. 

New Men To Enter 
Squadrons B,QD 

Expiration of the two-week 
quarantine of the new men 
now quartered in Bowditch 
Lodge, Thatcher Hall and the 
Phys. Ed. Building will result 
in their transfer to Squadrons 
B, C, and D, according to an 
announcement yesterday from 

Admission into the various 
squadrons will be based on the 
results of the AC-20-A exam- 
ination taken by the men in 
Atlantic City, it was added. 
The men will take courses reg- 
ularly assigned to their squad- 

A new squadron, Sq. A, will 
be formed from those new 
men not assigned to currently 

To Wear Insignia 

All potential Air Cadets in 
the College Training Program 
will be ordered as Aviation 
Students and will receive fly- 
ing pay and free government 
life insurance during their 
flight status, it was revealed 
yesterday by Lt. Christian K. 
Madison to "Take Off." 

One half of the men in the 
newly formed Squadron E will 
begin their flight instruction 
at Westfield Airport today, he 
added. They will receive ten 
hours of instruction. No solo 
flying will be permitted. 

While details of the recent 
directive have not yet arrived, 
Lt. Madison declared that the 
flying pay and free life insur- 
anrce might apply only to 
those men taking flying in- 
struction and for the period of 
their flying only. 

To Issue Insignia 

Aircrew students* whether 
flying or not, will be issued 
cadet insignia to be worn four 
inches above the cuff of the 
right forearm sleeve of the 
blouse and overcoat, according 
to another section of the new 
directive. The insignia, con- 
sisting of gold wings on a 
black field, have been ordered, 
Lt. Madison stated, but may 
not arrive for two weeks. They 
will not be worn at the 58th 
until the entire group is issued 
them, he added. 

The men in Squadron E tak- 
ing flying instruction will be 
divided into two flights, one 
leaving here by bus at 7 a.m. 

Continued on page 4 



Well, fellas, to start this 
column off on the right foot 
(or should it be the left 
foot?), I forthwith present 
the dope on what's in store for 
us in our physical education 

To begin with, I had a per- 
sonal interview with Profes- 
sor Gore, head of the Physical 
Education Dept. for Men, and 
the following is a general 
summary of the outlook. 

In order that we may get 
the best possible training Pro- 
fessor W. G. Hargesheimer, 
head coach of athletics here, 
made a trip to Maxwell Field, 
Ala., and spent a week there 
correlating and unifying our 
graining program. He discov- 
ered that our program is 
sound in every way and "in 
line with the Army Air Forces 
program ; however, it was also 
discovered that the military 
discipline during physical ed- 
ucation periods was entirely 
too lax. 

As you doubtless know by 
now, this fault is being speedi 
ly remedied ! 

Prof. Gore explained that 
when he had a good look at 
us in our "tip-top" physical 
condition direct from Atlantic 
City, he decided that the only 
human thing to do was to go 
easy on us at the outset, and 
to bring us into shape gradu- 

Following Maxwell Field's 
Physical Dept. recommenda- 
tions our program was divided 
into three sections, namely. 
Calisthenics (50%), Cross- 
country and Double Time 
(25%), and miscellaneous 
(25%) — consisting of sports, 
games, etc. 

By Herb Schulman 

All exercise will be done in 
the military manner, so that 
when we "dodos" arrive at 
Pre-Flight we will be able to 
get right into the swing of 
things with a minimum of 

As of now, our Physical 
Dept. insists on all squadrons 
being at their P.T. classes on 
time. If any formation is late 
for class, the individuals in 
charge will be reported. (Stu- 
dent officers please note) . Any 
man found "goldbricking" at 
P.T. will be promptly gigged, 
so don't say I didn't "told you 

Aquatic Dept. 

Seems like we are all going 
to be A-1 swimmers before we 
leave the 58th. . . Seems like 
50 men in our outfit can't 
swim 200 yards. . .Seems like 
44 men can't swim a stroke. . 
Seems like Prof. Gore has sta- 
ted that all "non-swimmers" 
will have a three-day session 
in the pool during which time 
they will learn to swim, or 
else. Ahem, it seems like Max- 
well Field's P.T. Dep't. HIGH- 
ming for cadets. 

'Take Off Hanks 
Our Sgt Virelle 

By Dick Richards 

So I'm bringing my column 
to the "Take Off" Editorial 
rooms (formerly S|Sgt. Vir- 
elle's office), when I'm knock- 
ed down at the door by two 
gushing characters, heads 
buried in dummy-proofs, fran- 
tically waving their tongues 
at each other. "Mother" Vir- 
elle is addressing the Staff : 

"Men, what is this? I give 
you a desk in here and now I 
have to ooze in thru the fire- 
place. Please, can't I use the 
top drawer in my desk, mis- 

Disregarding this, I wend- 
my way (perilously tip-toeing 
thru the maze of Coke bottles 

strewn on the floor) to our be- 
loved Editor. A clammy hand 
grasps my neck. I hear John 
Servo's twisted voice mutter- 
ing, "This paper has no guts." i 

I escape from the gruesome 
Hole of Calcutta, downing six 
cokes and belching profusely 
like a drunken reporter. 

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Vol. 1 No. 6 

_58th G.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., APRIL 24, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Squadron Officers 
Selected Anew 

Announced at the "bull ses- 
sion" held Wednesday, April 
21, the following list of new 
student officers will serve to 
implant their names firmly in 
the minds of the men. 

George Mui-phy, Group 
Commander; Herbert Ander- 
son, Adjutant; Harry Bott, 
Supply; Joseph Sonnenreich, 
Commander, Squadron "E" ; 
David Coughtry, "D", San- 
ders B. Cox, "C"; and William 
B. Wheeler, "B". 

These men, after careful 
and painstaking inquiry, have 
been selected for the high 
quality individual scholastic 
records that their prowess in 
the Army physical fitness pro- 
gram, and demonstration of 
leadership ability. 

For those who have not 
been selected: These appoint- 
ments are not permanent, nor 
are previous student officers 
to be censured because of 
their replacement. 


Lt. James Foran, post ad- 
jutant, was promoted this 
week to the rank of 1st Lieu- 
tenant, according to Head- 
quarters. Lt. Foran, who per- 
forms personnel, public rela- 
tions and statistical duties at 
the post, is the assistant to 
Captain Dewey Couri, com- 
manding officer. 

Hospital Brickers Like Getting 
Well; Do Conga While Confined 

By the Editor (abed) 

From a Base Hospital Some- 
where in Central M.S.C., April 
13, 1943— (Delayed) 

The little glass mercury 
tube having indicated a visit 
to the Infirmary Goldbrick 
Ass'n — I should like to reveal 
some of the gay facts of tem- 
perature and the pulse. 

The treatment here is ex- 
cellent. We are enveloped in 
a warm, refined, Waldorfish 

atmosphere; the food is art- 
on-a-dish. One chap can often 
be seen coming round the cor- 
ner of a screen wearing a 
ghostlike expression. You get 
used to him saying that if he 
stays here another three days, 
he's going to install a gamb- 
ling table. However, I don't 
really believe it. 

Although it's all pretty 
swell — anyone wanna change 
places with me? 

Directive Reveals New Status; 
All To Receive Full Flying Pay 

Flying Students 
Get Ten Hours 

Barnes Airport Is Fine, 
Modern Type Of Field 

Last Saturday the second 
group of Aviation Students 
started flight instruction at 
Barnes Airport, Westfield, 
Massachusetts. This group of 
two flights are men who were 
formerly in Squadron D and 
are now part of the newly or- 
ganized Squadron E. 

Barnes Airport is situated 
near the town of Westfield, 
fifteen miles beyond North- 
ampton. It is a modem field 
with a triangular pattern of 
macadam runways, two hang- 
ers, and a control tower. The 
Students go to and from the 
field in a special bus now fa- 
miliar to the older members of 
this detachment. 

The flight program enables 
every member of both flights 
to log ten hours flying time. 
These hours are all dual in- 
struction. Two types of air- 
planes are used, Taylor Cubs 
and Interstate Cadets. 

When a group arrives at the 
field, four men are assigned 
to one instructor. Each man 
makes at least one flight a 
day, and two if the weather 
is unusually fine. Weather 
conditions play an important 
role in this introductory flight 

Cancel Class 'N' Allotment; 
Free Government Policy 

All men of the 58th College 
Training Detachment ariiving 
in the future will be desig- 
nated as Aviation Students. 
The mailing address may be 
preceded by A|S (Aviation 
Student), in full i-ecognition 
of the new status. 

It was further revealed that 
these men will receive full 
flying pay of $75. a month; 
this salary was formerly giv- 
en to men in flight training 
only. Also, students will no 
longer be required to assign 
Class N allotment which is 
the payment on the $10,000. 
Government Life Insurance 

No statement has yet been 
issued regarding the manner 
in which this directive will 
affect the members of the 
58th C.T.D. However, this 
newspaper will reveal the in- 
formation as soon as it is dis- 
Shoulder Patches to be Issued 

The original order designa- 
ting the use of Cadet sleeve 
insignia has been rescinded. 
This change has come directly 
from Southeastern Command 
Headquarters. The statement 
printed in last week's issue of 
TAKE OFF was presented as 
bona-fide information as of 
that date. Instead, Aviation 
Students will be permitted to 
wear the Blue and Gold Air- 
Corps insignia on the left 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Al Rachleff— Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Dave Kames— Technical Editor— John Servo— Art Editor 
Dick Horowitz— Business Mgr. Marty Katz— Proof, Copy 
Herb Schulman — Sports Editor 
Feature — News Board 
Dick Malloch, Cartoons Bill Weiner George Winbum 

Saul Prigozen Bob Litman Bob Ando Hank Kowalski 
Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


In the eyes of the men, certain officers have the faculty of 
quietly making themselves an integral part of the organiza- 
tion they are affiliated with. In paying tribute to such a man, 
when he is on the verge of leaving that group, it becomes 
the saddening task of those remaining to express their deep 
appreciation at the parting. 

To many of us who know Captain Douglass personally, and 
to the rest of us who appreciated his light, deft touch in all 
his contacts with us, it is a sorrowful goodbye. 

Captain Douglass came here when the organization and 
conduct of a military hospital plan was but a paper scheme. 
Through many difficult weeks of organization and unstinting 
effort, he has given us a smooth, coherent routine for sick- 
call, injections, confinements to infirmary and all the statisti- 
cal data necessary to the orderly functioning of an Army 
Medical Department. 

And so for all these, and for his cheerful, friendly smile 
and sincere word of advice, we say Au Revoir, sir, and thanks 
a million. May we have the good luck to meet .you again some- 
day at some U. S. Flying Base. 



At every army camp and post there are specific rules that 
apply to the men of that group, in addition to the rules and 
regulations of the Soldiers Manual. For the new men we pub- 
lish a list of the prominent governing ones. 

Do watch table manners; Do remember co-eds are off- 
limits ; Do keep rooms ready for inspection at all times ; Do 
use the proper "channels" to obtain an interview with an 
officer. Do not forget to sign out, and in on weekends; Do 
not smoke outside barracks ; Do not go to classes out of form- 
ation, unless specially authorized ; Do not attend college store 

without permission. 



Captain Couri has sent his congratulations to the staff of 
"TAKE OFF", from his home in Maine where he is recover- 
ing from an illness ; and expressed his pride in the "splendid 
appearance of the new paper", and in the fact that we were 
one of the very first newspapers published at a C.T.D. Thank 
you, sir, we hope you will be back with us soon. 

The Editor. 


By George H. Douglass 
Captain, M. C. Surgeon 

I stood on the station plat- 
form a few days ago and 
watched the first group of the 
58th depart on their second 
step of Aircrew training. 
Some will be pilots, some nav- 
igators and some bombardiers, 
and a few, I suppose, will 
wash out, but they too will 
find a place where they can 
best serve. 

It gave me a great thrill to 
see those boys carrying on, 
sometimes things get pretty 
tough — lonesome, tired, push- 
ed around, perhaps by some 
over zealous officer who too is 
tired and maybe lonesome, 
but all in all, here were our 
boys going out to do a man's 
job and it made me feel good 
to have had a small part in 
helping them. 

Medical officers have a defi- 
nite advantage over other offi- 
cers in that they contact the 
men as individuals. Each com- 
plaint may differ and it is 
worth the effort put forth in 
qualifying as a medical man 
to see these boys sick, and 
perhaps broken in spirit, come 
out smiling and ready to do 
the job assigned them. ^ 

You men have a big job 
ahead and it isn't going to be 
an easy one. Teamwork is the 
watchword of today and if we 
learn to work together we will 
finish this job in a hurry. 

I am proud to he a member 
of your team and I only wish 
I could remain here with you. 
Others, however, will take ov- 
er, but no one can take over 
the thoughts that I will have 
as I read of the great victor- 
ies of the Air Corps and "my 
boys". Goodbye and good luck. 


(Continued from last week) 

Both psychological and phy- 
sical tests are important for 
they will determine whether 
you are as an individual are 
capable of undergoing the rig- 
orous training program of the 
Army Air Forces for Cadets. 

Let's deal with the physical 
examination, since, in all prob- 
ability you'll take this test 
first. Most of you have alrea- 
dy undergone the major por- 
tions of this test, if not the 
entire exam, so there should 
be no fear about failing to 
pass it. 

In the individual test you 
will first be examined by a 
psychiatrist, whose job it is 
to determine youf attitude to- 
ward flying. He will weed out 
those men, who, in his opin- 
ion, do not display the burn- 
ing desire to fly that all com- 
bat flyers must have. Next, 
the eye examinations are of 
great importance. You will be 
examined for depth percep- 
tion, muscular coordination 
and balance. Normal persons 
have little trouble with this 
phase of the exam. 

If you really want to fly, 
then, and if you take care of 
your eyes — rest them, get 
plenty of sleep, drink plenty 
of fruit juices but no alcoholic 
beverages — you'll have no dif- 
ficulty with these two impor- 
tant considerations. 

Psychological tests are next 
in order to find the field the 
individual is best suited for. 
They consist of a series of ex- 
ams in history, geography, 
mathematics, meteorol o g y , 
English, and so on. You will 
spend the better part of a 
full day on these written tests. 
(Continued next week) 




By Herb Schulman 

The 58th. C.T.D. is fast de- 
veloping into a "cross-country 
club". Starting out with a gen- 
tle five lap jog around the 
cage .iust a few weeks ago, 
we have been built up so that 
now a mere two mile run is 
considered "taking it easy". 
If memory serves me correct- 
ly, one of the more ambitious 
of the "eager beavers" once 
asked Capt. Couri if a cross 
country team might be organ- 
ized, as we weren't getting 
enough exercise. Getting 
enough, Bub? 

It appears that an outdoor 
obstacle course is being built 
as we are getting a little too 
proficient on the present one 
in the gym. Persistent rumor 
has it that it will be completed 
by the time we are at Advanc- 
ed Training School, or further. 

Aquatic Anecdote 

This week in the pool we all 
learned (or rather attempted 
to learn) the proper technique 
to abandon ship. (U.S. Navy, 
please note). By the way, 
some of the fellows jumped 
oif that tremendously high 
tower (all of ten feet). They 
had better hope for a station 
in the middle of the Sahara 
Desert ; especially the six lads 
in flight 2 who after taking a 
quick look at what was on the 
program decided that calis- 
thenics in the cage was more 
their speed. 

Sweaty Snickers 

Al Sherman telling the boys 
in Squadron "D" that he could 
climb that rope in the obstacle 
course if he wanted to but 
he just doesn't want to strain 
himself. Speaking about the 
rope, our illustrious editor, Al 
Rachleff, has quite a tussle 
every morning himself, (this 
will probably be censored). 

Flash Shapiro, the "Happy 
Harlequin", running 20 laps 
before the period starts every 
day to "warm up" and .then 
remarking in the afternoon 
(quote) "Gee, Fellas, I'm so 
tired I just can't understand 

After our last cross country 
run in strict formation, Bob 
Siart, the Connecticut Yan- 
kee, came out with the great 
announcement that he came 
in first. His medal will be pre- 
sented next week. 

Don't know if this belongs 
here or not, but I think you 
will be glad to know that all 
the boys taking the 20 hour 
Medical aid course will be a- 
warded Red Cross Certificates 
upon completion. 

Next week by popular re- 
quest, the Staff has consented 
to publish my picture so you 
boys can throw darts at it. 

Letter To Suzie Cutie 
Narrow Escapes; 

Dear Susie Cutie: 

You din't write fer so long 
I thot you wuz dead. When 
you letter finally come I was 
so*eggsited that I tore out of 
my room without my pants 
on, rushed down the street, 
grabbed the first persun I saw 
and hollered, she wrote — she 
wrote — she wrote! 

I would grab ahold of an 
officer! Now I am in the 
guardhouse on charges of dis- 
turbing the piece, assalt and 
batteries, failing to salute and 
respeck an officer, leaving bar- 
racks without permishun, and 
not appearing in GI uniform. 

I will try and sell my body 
to the colledge if there is any- 

Tells Of Soldier's 
From Frier To Fire 

thing left after the civil and 
millatery authorities get dun 
with me. 

Some of the fellks left last 
week. I lost several buzora 
buddies and three prs. of 
socks. I ain't saying they took 
em though, and I wood de- 
mand a showdown inspecshun 
here if I wasn't afraid of get- 
ting in more trouble for not 
having my toenales cut. 

This gardhouse is nice and 
warm since I set fire to the 
mattress. I am taking it easy 
all day long. It is the first 
time I ever grew hair on the 
bottom of my feet ! 
Your yearning yardbird 

Elmer Lewis Thatcher 



Local employment for en- 
listed men's wives will be han- 
dled by the Commissioned 
Officers of the 58th, or more 
conveniently by Mr. Easton, 
Acting Chaplain, on the third 
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The guards have a new game called "Lights Out". I haven't 
the faintest idea how it's played, but at 9 :45 it becomes very 
annoying ... 

During a Gteography class some character, who, just for the 
laughs calls himself Bob Piliere, yelled "Rise and shine," and 
had some of the boys breaking for reveille roll call . . . 

One of the new inmates of our squirrel cage which he plans 
to call : "My Days as a Nut and How They Grew". 

The traific was heavy when the D.M. called "Guide Out!!" 
That was the last that was heard of this poor article. We lose 
more guides that way! ! 

Leroy Leavell is wandering around in a daze and mutter- 
ing, "I'm a father, I'm a father". 

Spring at Mass. State . . . the landscape is shown with 
budding flowers, and the sun blazes down brilliantly. Are you 
satisfied now "Doc", Do I get my reclassification? 

What with this new edict that all the shades must be 
drawn on the west side of Lewis, a countless number of 
proxy love affairs were abruptly terminated. 

The men of Squadron C have left their marks on Tony 
Noel and Joe Shembra .... And talking about Squadron C, 
when they decided to hack away at each others scalp, they 
found that instead of the usual bowl, it was necessary to use 
an egg cup on Bob Kaplan's — shall we call it a head. 

After Sunday night's events, Bill Kerns has sent for a 
book on the Manly Art of Self Defense, merely as a matter 
of self preservation. 

Bob Kremmer and his College type f emme are waxing hot 
and heavy. Her letters pass through more hands than a copy 
of Esquire, and incidentally makes good reading on a cold 

And through the halls Tom Maginos' voice rings out with 
"At ease with that face." That is being a very difficult posi- 
tion to assume, no doubt. 

... so back to the old bubble pipe to dream up next 
week's dribble. 

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Tues., April 


Filmed in co-operation with the U. S. Air Corp 


Robert Donat— Madeline Carroll in "39 STEPS" 
Rosalind Russell— Janet Blair in "'MY SISTER EILEEN" 

Thurs.— Fri, 
Sat., April 
■ 29—30 
May I 




Desk Zooming Aces 
Dance With Waves 

In a rocketing invasion of 
Northampton last Saturday 
night, the ground Aces of the 
58th swooped down in a swift 

pinchers movement. However, 
the WAVES of Smith College 
were prepared for the maneu- 
ver, and withstood the ap- 
proach with grace and digni- 

The U.S.O. club at the town 
"Y" furnished the orchestra 
for dancing. 

System Of Passes 
Reduces Old Quota 

It has been directed by 
Southeastern Command that 
overnight passes will not be 
granted except on weekends. 
If academic marks are up, and 
no military duty requires 
their attendance, air-crew stu- 
dents will be granted these 
passes. However these will be 
limited to 15% of the com- 

This indicates that married 
men staying in Amherst on 
Saturday nights will be in- 
cluded in the percentile of out- 
of-town passes, reducing the 
number of those issued. 

It was also revealed at head- 
quarters that a rumor cur- 
rently making the rounds 
should be extinguished. To 
wit: that the men leaving a- 
bout May 15th will receive 
three day passes before ship- 
ment. Definitely — No! 



When you're downtown, these are the things 
we have to offer you 

Dinners — Lunches — Snacks — ^Complete Soda 

Fountain — Refreshments — Home Made 
Ice Cream 

Home Baked Pastries that you can take out. 
Fine line Chocolates and Salted Nuts 


Over 27 years of service 


Take ojgr 







Vol. 1 No. 7 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., MAY 1, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Dean Explains 
Program Fully 

The distribution of the last 
men to arrive has been such 
as to balance squadrons or 
classes "B", "C", and "D". 
When the next replacements 
arrive Class "A" will also be 
brought up to standard 
strength, according to R. A. 
Van Meter, in charge of the 
educational program. 

There has been some ques- 
tion as to the method employ- 
ed in assigning men to clas- 
ses. It has been on the basis 
of A C 20- A scores. That is 
why that test was given. It 
was in no sense an intelligence 
test but rather an indication 
of the ability of a man to 
handle Mathematics, Physics, 
Geography, History, and Eng- 
lish, especially Mathematics 
and Physics. Many of the men 
who graded near the top were 
college men who had just com- 
pleted courses in these sub- 
jects, while many who scored 
low were men who had been 
out of touch with these sub- 
jects for several years for one 
reason or another. 

The purpose of this whole 
educational program is first 
;|o harden the men physically, 
then to establish such profi- 
ciency in required subjects 
through a review of essential 
points that they pan go into 
pre-flight training with the 
ability to meet the educational 
standards required there. 
Since a contingent must be 
ready to move on to pre-flight 
each four week's, it has been 

Continued on Page 3 


Post Exchange Will Be Opened 
Next Week; 1st Floor Thatcher 


In last week's issue, the 
main story carried the news 
of $75. pay monthly for all 
Aviation Students. However, 
due to some ambiguity in the 
article, it was assumed by 
some of the enlisted men that 
it applied to all squadrons. 
That point should be cleared 
up. ONLY men entering 
.Squadron E receive full flying 

Globe'Circling Chaplain Of 58th 
Tells Reporter Of Past Years 

By Hank Kowalski 

A few days ago, this reporter had quite an interesting and 
rather enlightening talk with one of the most popular gentle- 
men on the campus, our acting chaplain Mr. Easton. 

Seated in a swival chair, smoking his ever-smoldering pipe, 
Mr. Easton revealed quite a number of extremely interesting 
facts concerning his past. Not only has this congenial and 
every smihng man been clear around the world, but has added 
to this excitement, the thrill of hunting every thing fi-om 
elephant to whale! 

Settles Down To Quiet Life 

At present, our adventurous chaplain has settled down to 
a rather quiet life compared to his years of world traveling 
and hunting. He is the proud father of two girls and a boy. 
He is not only chairman of the U.S.O. committee for M.S.C., 
but also holds the official title of "Director of Religious Acti- 

Every one of us can attest to the fact that this quiet, easy- 
to like person, really is' doing a fine job in helping this detach- 
ment maintain its morale at a high level. 

In concluding the interview, the fact was mentioned that 
each and every man of the 58th thanks his lucky stars on hav- 
ing such a fine man for chaplain. His reply merely was, "I 
wish I could do more". A simple statement, yet one which 
reflects his keenest desire. 

Carry Full Line Of Candy, 

Military Needs Writing 

And Toilet Equipment 

Construction on the long 
and eagerly awaited Post Ex- 
change will begin today, 
TAKE OFF was told this week 
by reliable sources. The room 
in Thatcher Hall, formerly 
used as Mail Room and News- 
paper Oifice will undergo a 
gamut of startling renova- 
tions, with the addition of 
counters and shelves as the 
first eye-opener. 

It was added that the Ex- 
change would in probability 
be open all day, and that sol- 
diers would visit it in free 
periods, and on some occas- 
sions with special permission. 

This soldier's mecca will car- 
ry a full line of candy, cigar- 
ettes, military supplies, regu- 
lation neckties, socks and 
shirts. Also available will be 
toilet articles, etc., at regular 
prevailing P.X. prices. No. G. 
I. beer will be sold. 

Civilian Personnel 

Civilian personnel will be 
behind the counters until 7 
p.m. each day, coming under 
the jurisdiction of the 58th, 
which in turn comes under the 
the supervision of the West- 
over Field office. 

If plans come up to expec- 
tations, the P.X. will be open 
to the men about the middle 
of the first week in May. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Al Rachleff— Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Dick Horowitz — Managing Editor 

Dave Karnes — Technical Editor — John Servo — Art Editor 

Marty Katz— Proof, Copy Herb Schulman— Sports Editor 

Feature — News Board 
Dick Malloch, Cartoons Bill Weiner George Winburn 

Saul Prigozen Bob Litman Hank Kowalski 

Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


We've all been anxiously awaiting word from our friends 
who left for Nashville two weeks ago. Here we publish 
a letter to the editor from Sy Beder, a former staff member. 

"I figured you and the rest of the 58th officers and men 
alike, would like to find out just what we've done during our 
first week here at Nashville, so I'm writing this letter. 

We arrived here on the 19th, Monday, at about 5 A.M. We 
were assigned to casual barracks, that is, they considered us 
casuals until we could be assigned to permanent barracks. 

I'd like to give you a general idea of what the camp is 
like. This center is a tremendous, sprawling, area of barracks 
buildings. But don't picture them as heavy, solid buildings. 
They'i'e made of wood, and covered on the outside with 
heavy tarpaper. They're raised off the ground, which is usual- 
ly muddy. That mud is in itself one of the greatest discom- 
forts of the center. The camp is unpaved except for the 
main roads. 

Each barracks has two stoves right on the floor, and is 
supplied with coal and the buckets and shovels necessary to 
keep a flame going. 

Chow does not measure up to that at Mass. State, but is 
good Army food. A good thing about the mess halls here is 
that they have a variety of .jams on the tables at all times, 
and what's more — napkins as well. 

We haven't seen any of the tests as yet. During the time 
that we're not taking tests, we're subject to K.P. and Guard 
Duty, and we're finishing up on that right now. Outside of 
that we have nothing at all to do. 

I guess that gives you a little picture of the beginnings of 
of things down here". 


We wish to express, at this time, bur sincere welcome to 
Captain Couri. We hope that after his convalescence he is 
fully recovered and ready to resume duties with his usual 

The newer men who have not as yet met our Commanding 
Officer, will undoubtedly be given the opportunity to learn 
from him just what will be expected of them, during their 
stay here. 

It is cogently desired that the men will, as they have be- 
fore, cooperate with Captain Couri to make the 58th C.T.D. 
the best of its kind. 


rir< (iiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiii 

By Lt. George Miller 

Discipline is that mental 
attitude and state of training 
which renders obedience and 
proper conduct instinctive un- 
der all conditions. 

This is not my definition of 
discipline and far be it from 
me to tiy to improve on it, 
but my words may be a little 
easier for some of you to un- 
derstand. To me the proof of 
real discipline is formed in a 
man who does the "right 
thing at the right time" ; this 
is also a true characteristic 
of leadership. One cannot be a 
reader without being well dis- 

In civilian life it was the 
difference between a man and 
a boy, and when I say man, I 
don't merely mean someone 
who has attained the age of 
21, or one who can defend 
himself physically against all 

A MAN is one of strong 
character, rightfully defined 
by the^ame phrase as above, 
the truism: Doing the right 
thing at the right time. 

In the army, precision is the 
difference between a real sol- 
dier and a yardbird. Here it is 
understood that a real soldier 
first has to be manly. A man 
is master of the situation at 
all times. To be master of a 
situation first means you must 
be master of yourself. Having 
self control and being com- 
plete master of your emotions 
at all times is the direct re- 
sult of earnest discipline. 

Why is it you cannot smoke 
anywhere you wish at any 
time you so desire? Why is it 
you must go to and from clas- 
ses and mess in a military 
formation? These questions 
lead to the same answer. The 
rigidity of these rules is good 
for you and for your future. 


(continued from last week) 

As you progress from one 
examination to another, the 
parson in charge will explain 
just what you are to do and 
let you practise with each in- 
strument. The tests are very 
exacting, but the normal indi- 
vidual has nothing to fear. 

The tests are used to deter- 
mine your muscular coordina- 
tion, your emotional stability, 
and your reflex actions. To go 
into a detailed explanation 
pf these tests would take too 
long and also defeat the pur- 
pose of those who originated 

You will be rated for pilot, 
bombardier and navigator. 
Your first choice will be taken 
into consideration in yourclas- 
sification. It works this way: 

If you obtain a high score 
for your choice (pilot, say), 
you will be classified as a 
pilot. On the other hand, if 
your rating for one of the oth- 
er two is higher than your 
personal preference, you will 
be classified according to 
your highest score. Some of 
you will score for two types of 
training, others for all three. 
Your choice will then play a 
more important role in your 

In any event, you may be 
assured that you will be chos- 
en for that branch of flying 
for which you as an individual 
show the greatest proficiency. 
Go down to Nashville confi- 
dent of your ability. Leave 
there content that you have 
been chosen to train for a 
most important job — a job 
you will be trained to perform 
with precision and skill. 



By Herb Schulman 

Greetings, fellow Tarzans. 
For lack of anything else to do 
(?) I knocked out this column. 

Anyhow, it must have been 
some Sunday in the middle of 
last week that I was ambling 
along and spotted our new- 
oijt-door obstacle course. Out 
of morbid curiosity I wended 
my way over and gave it and 
myself a little workout just 
to let you fellows know what's 
on the ball. 

Gentlemen, you are 
doomed; decidedly, definitely 
and positively doomed. This 
"chamber of horrors" is laid 
6ut in a section of mountain- 
ous, boggy terrain over which 
are strewn impossible insur- 
mountable barriers. 

The first obstacle I tried, 
(just for the laughs) was a 
log elevated about five feet off 
the ground. It appears to be a 
simple matter to vault over it. 
All you have to do is get shot 
out of a cannon and you'll 
surely make it with ease. The 
next torture is a ladder elevat- 
ed at a forty-five degree angle 
somewhat horizontal to the 
ground. This one looked rela- 
tively simple, so I hopped up 
and started monkey style 
(right up my alley). Half way 
through I slipped — . When I 
emerged from the hospital 
the next morning I discovered 
another cute little gadget. 
This consisted of a zig-zag 
trough through which you 


At last, a break most of us 
have been waiting for. The 
Quadrangle at Abbey Hall has 
offered to do sewing for sold- 
iers on Sunday between 3 and 
5, 8 and 10. Wonder, and ex- 
cuse to get over there ? 

draw yourself by the elbows. 
This one was easy, although I 
confess I might be just a 
slight bit round shouldered 

But the one I thought was 
the best of all was the per- 
fectly round log over a lovely 
babbling brook. This one is 
not only clever but practical 
as well, as it combines agility 
and swimming at the same 

Yes, gentlemen, the new 
course looks tough, but with 
intense concentration and 
practise, we will easily become 
perfect physical wrecks in no 
time . . . 

Program Is Fully 
Explained By Dean 

Continued from Page 1 

arranged for those most pro- 
ficient to go first. 

Men who have established 
proficiency in all courses have 
been allowed to select any 
four courses, counting Physics 
as two. Men not proficient in 
any subject take Mathematics, 
Physics, and Geography. The 
course outlines for every 
course have been supplied by 
the Air Corps and every 
course is directed carefully 
toward information that will 
be needed later. 




Gen. Arnold Lauds 
Tokyo Raid Heroes 

To All Personal of the Army 
Air Forces: 

In violation of every rule of 
military procedure and of ev- 
ery concept of human decency, 
the Japanese have executed 
several of your brave com- 
rades who took part in the 
first Tokyo raid. These men 
died as heroes. We must not 
rest — we must re-double our 
efforts — until the inhuman 
war-lords who committed this 
crime have been utterly des- 

Remember those comrades 
when you get a Zero in your 
sights — have their sacrifices 
before you when you line up 
your bombsights on a Japan- 
ese base. 

You have demonstrated 
that the Japanese cannot 
match you in aerial combat or 
in bombardment. Let your an- 
swer to their treatment of 
your comrades be the destruc- 
tion of the Japanese Air Force, 
their lines of communication, 
and the production centers 
which offer them opportunity 
to continue such atrocities. 

|s| H. H. Arnold 
General, U. S. Army, 
Commanding General, 
Army Air Forces. 

New Group Arrives 
Forms Squadron A 

Mass. State College has wel- 
comed the third group of men 
to enter this new military pro- 
gram since its inception at the 
beginning of Mai'ch. The new 
men arrived here in the morn- 
ing of April 28th, from a 
camp somewhere in Mississip- 

About a half dozen of these 
newcomers found to their sur- 
prise and delight that they 
had jretumed to their old Alma 
Mater. An ensuing scene in 
the Mess Hall that momihg 
indicated clearly the senti- 
ments of the staff there, upon 
seeing them. 

Many College Men 

It is expected that these 
men will be out of quarantine 
after the completition of the 
usual time allotted to their 

Several of the other men 
are graduates and undergrad- 
uates of Yale, Harvard and 

This group, as revealed at 
headquarters, will be desig- 
nated as Squadron A and will 
continue on through the 
months, without further shift 
to advanced quintiles, except 
in some individual cases of 
special significance. 

Flame Of Freedom, Encore To Victory 
An Allegiance To God And Our Country 

What cajises a funny, ting- 
ling sensation to start at the 
bottom of your spine, then 
travel along 'till it reaches 
the base of your skull ? 

It makes the small hairs 
stand on end, whenever 
You're at retreat; the band 
playing the national anthem, 
while the colors fly proudly 

No, its not that cold blast 
of air wrapping itself around 

your' neck; it's not because 
you forgot to put your "long- 
Johns" on. It's because you 
are the proud possessor of a 
kind of patriotism that is go- 
ing to win this war. It's the 
same bit of patriotism that 
caused you to enlist; it's the 
very same bit of patriotism 
that was once but a glowing 
ember, and is now a roaring, 
hissing flame. 

Continued on Page 4 


By Bob Litman 

. . . And so I lay down my note book, behind which I was 
writing an original poem by Ogden Nash, and prepare to 
produce an Easter Egg. 

What with gigs, merits, courts martials, etc., some of the 
local gentry are lamenting the fact that they didn't join the 
Junior Commandos and see action with Little Orphan Annie. 

Harry Van Deusen claims he is a very broadminded chap, 
and from our last conversation over a pitcher of 3.2, I am 
inclined to agree. They are about all he thinks of. 

The rumor has it that the boys^of the 58th are collecting 
coppers with idea of buying Group Commander Murphy a 
throat spray. 

"I have a bone to pick with fate." 
Come here and tell me girlie 
Do you think my mind's maturing late 
Or simply rotting early." 

It must have been the difficulty in harpooning that extra 
slice of the "staff of life" that induced some of the characters 
to come home with a "bun on". This should also go a long way 
in alleviating any impending com shortage. 

The women-type biped from Smith, that Jack E. Kelley had 
in town this week-end, was the most consciencious defense 
worker yet seen in these parts. 
Seen and heard: 

Bob Kremmer doing some fast and fancy explaining after 
last week's column. 

And while I am thinking about it, if "Our Al Rachleff" 
insists on affixing my name to this husking bee, I'm going 
to have to insist on police protection. In the meanwhile I will 
accept suggestions — on the care a nd treatment of a slightly 
discolored eye. 

And to my sylph-like ears comes the story about a joker 
named Clark, who after pulUng his plane out of a terrific spin, 
foimd himself 500 feet higher than he was before he started 
this intricate maneuver. All this is enough to make me lose 
faith in "Smilin' Jack". 

Each night after nine, on the first floor of Lewis, the cage 
doors are opened wide, and the Broom Orderly is mounted 
formally. Boland, whose hangover reputedly was voted 
most likely to succeed, directs the motley crew in its routine. 

I hear that the poet laureate of Amherst has written a 
plum which for reasons unknown will come out under the 
title of "Run Into the Roundhouse Nellie, The Kaydet Can't 
Corner You There" ... all of which should mean something 
to somebody. 

Will some kind soul tell me what "All pres-counted forp" 
means. Somehow I get the impression that someone is curs- 
ing at me in Esperanto. 

Say not mermaids is a myth 
I knew one once named Maymie Smith, 
She stood while playing cards or knitting; 
Mermaids are not equipped for sitting. 
(As pretty a piece of plague-ary as I've yet encountered.) 


One member of the 58th, 
Godfreyd Peyerl, comes from 
a flying family with an envi- 
able record. His father flew 
with the Royal Flying Corps 
in World War I. In World War 
II his four brothers and him- 
self are carrying on. 

Brother Vern flies with the 
Navy and is stationed "some- 
where in the Pacific". His 
aircraft carrier was sunk be- 
neath him ; at one time he was 
flying from historic Guadal- 
canal. His own squadron of 
"Wildcats" have been credited 
with ninety air victories. 

Andy is a bomber squadron 
CO. in the R.C.A.F. While on 
night fighter patrols, flying a 
Beaufighter, he scored four 
victories over northern 
France and Norway. Recently 
he was shot down over Eng- 
land and in the action lost his 
left hand. 

Flame Of Freedom 

Couti'ined fro/// pu^e 3 

Gentlemen, there really isn't 
a thing to worry about! Not 
when you've got the flame of 
freedom in your heart, and the 
fear of God in your soul; not 
when you can still sing — and 
sing loudly — when you're cold, 
and wet and hungry. It's im- 
possible for America to lose 
this war, because it's going 
to be those little flames in our 
hearts that will reach out and 
burn our enemy to a cinder; 
so that only ashes will remain 
of him who dared try extin- 
guish that same, holy flame! 

Brothers Len and Emil 
haven't gotten their wings 
yet, but in time they too will 
undoubtedly be heard from. 

Godfreyd himself, deserves 
mentionu.He has just complet- 
ed 10 hours of dual flying at 
Barnes Airport, and keenly 
looks forward to the time 
when he can lend honor to the 
family tradition. 

WS3 757 A 

[/. & Tnmury Ihpt. 



Vol. 1 No. 8 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., MAY 8, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Post Band Comes 
Under Fresh Plan 

After many weeks of ardu- 
ous rehearsals and plans, the 
post band has been organized 
under a new scheme. Lt. C. K. 
Madison, Jr. will act in an of- 
ficial supervisory position. 

From now on, the group will 
be treated as a military unit, 
with all the ceremony and re- 
galia attendant upon it. For- 
mations will be carried out 
with military precision, and 
part of each practice session 
will -be spent in drilling and 
marching. Michael Delohery 
has been selected Acting Stu- 
dent Officer, with duties of 
operation and planning. Asist- 
ing him will be J. E. Smith. 
Retreat parades, it was said, 

Continued on Page 4 

Standard Physical Condition Is Required; 
Must Be Achieved Prior To Leaving 58th 


Again TAKE-OFF ex- 
tends an appeal for news- 
paper men to supplement 
the present quota. Much 
of the present staff of 
TAKE,OFF will be de- 
parting next week some- 
time, and it remains the 
responsibility of those 
staying here to carry on 
the tradition, with the ar- 
dor of the original found- 
ers of this paper. 

New Medical Officer Has Seen Several 

Camps; Likes SSth's Cooperative Spirit 

Something seems to be mis- 
sing lately. It's the chap who 
usually found it "sport" to 
cough down people's necks. 
This may be because the poor 
fellow passed on; but that's 
doubtful. It is generally be- 
lieved that the real reason 
lies in the fact that 1st Lt. 
Joseph R. Williams, of the 
medico, is on the job. 

Hailing originally from 
Dayton, Ohio, the new sur- 
geon has quite a bit of exper- 
ience backing him up for his 
sixty day stay here. After en- 
listing in the Medical Corps, 
he became attached to the Air 
Force in May, 1942. From that 

moment on, Lt. Williams be-, 
came "roaming" Lt. Williams. 
Traveling, more or less 
throughout the Southeast 
Command, the "healer of 
wounds" found himself at Er- 
skire College, where the 38th 
C.D.T. received the benefit of 
his medical knowledge. 

It is indeed fortunate for 
the 58th to have this smiling 
soldier and gentleman as sur- 
geon. It can be said — and in 
all sincerity— the 58th C.T.D. 
welcomes 1st Lt. Williams; it 
is his task to see that the per- 
sonnel of this detachment are 
kept at their highest level 
of physical fitness. 

Sub-Par Physical Fitness 

Ratings Will Be Reason 

For Severe Recheck 

On numerous occasions it 
has been impressed upon the 
58th C.T.D. that it is neces- 
sary for the men to obtain a 
standard physical fitness rat- 
ing prior to their departure 
from this station. There was 
a purpose behind that order 
as there is behind any order 
that emanates from H. Q. It 
is now becoming increasing- 
ly obvious, it was said at 
Headquarters, that a great 
many men are prone to con- 
sider the physical training 
program as an unnecessary 
part of their training. 

Colonel Orin J. Bushey, in 
his visit to this detachment 
last week, outlined the new 
Air Forces physical training 
requirements of every pros- 
pective Aviation Cadet. It now 
becomes evident, that no man 
will depart from this station 
whose physical fitness is in 
any way questionable ; or who 
does not measure up 100% 
to the standards of the Army 
Air Corps. This indicates full 
compliance with procedures 
as outlined by the physical 
training department; moreov- 
er, conduct on week-ends must 
not be such as to destroy the 
body - building accomplished 
during the week. 

Application Of Study 
Depends On Student 

Dean Van Meter has a word 
to say to the Men: 

One of the big problems 
right now is how to secure 
adequate time for study. A 
part of the solution lies with 
every man through a better 
use of time. We are trying to 
get more free periods for 
study but there never will be 
enough to do the studying 
most men should do, unless 
the odd moments are care- 
fully utilized. That will be true 
all your life. Train yourself 
to pick up a book and become 
immersed in it immediately, 
without a long period of man- 
oevering and preparation. 
Don't wait for everybody 
within hearing distance to qui- 
et down — they may not quiet 
down at all. 

Don't wait for the time 
when you feel just like study- 
ing — you may never feel like 
it. The important thing is to 
get going the material will 
usually be interesting enough 
to hold you on the job. I'll 
venture the guess that most 
men in this detachment waste 
enough time to do most of 
the studying required, time 
when they are not really rest- 
ing or even in a good bull ses- 
sion. Just the same we'll con- 
tinue our efforts to get more 
time free for study. 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 
Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 
Al Rachleff— Editor-in-Chief 
Editorial Board 
Dick Horowitz — Managing Editor 
Dave Kames — Technical Editor — John Servo — Art Editor 
Marty Katz — Proof, Copy 
Feature — News Board 
Dick Malloch, Cartoons Bill Weiner George Winbum 

Bob Litman Harry silver Gary Lifton Hank Kowalski 
Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


Last week Colonel Orin J. Bushey, A.C., visited the 58th 
on official inspection. The Colonel came from Fort Worth, 
Texas, headquarters of the Flying Training Command. He is 
in charge of the C.T.D. program throughout the U-S., and had 
the following to say concerning it : 

"The plan was drawn up in rapid order, when it was seen 
that our air training fields were equipped to handle more men 
than they had been receiving. Those that had come directly 
to pre-flight were found to be unprepared for the training. 
The Army Air Forces deemed it wise to lay a sounder found- 
ation of the C.T.D. system. A Board of Flying Officers was 
delegated to draw up a general program. They included every- 
thing that was deemed necessary to equip a man entering 
Cadet training — for success. The courses were selected by 
these officers, not by college authorities, so that an accurate 
cross-section of studies might be assigned. English is impor- 
tant for the clear transmission of radio messages, Mathe- 
matics and Physics generally essential; P.T for stamina, 
alertness and clear thinking in combat, and so on. These 
Cadets will be the best trained in the world, and better train- 
ed than U.S- combat pilots of years past." 



Red Cross Medical Aid is a standard course for all men of 
the 58th C.T.D. It covers everything from splinting serious 
fractures to everyday minor cuts; the frequent classroom 
demonstrations make the lessons vivid and easy to grasp. 
There are few technical words, no complex theories, and 
common sense is the only rule of thumb. 

Many fail to realize that this course is a war time must. 
Though it has no apparent connection with flying or flight 
training, we want to point out that the majority of men will 
find that this is a course of the greatest value in overseas 
action. War is a contest of injuries ; whatever the specialized 
job of a soldier is, there is always the added duty of aiding 
wounded comrades before real medical attention can be ob- 

The idea of obligation is a point to underline. This course 
is something you can take with you. It is the one thing that 
you will want the soldier beside you to know as well. The next 
time you stretch and settle down for a short sleep during 
Medical Aid, first remember that war deals with wounds, and 
wounds play no favorites. 


By Capt. D. W, Couri 

It is natural instinct to be 
critical of your associates in 
exaggerating their faults and 
failures rather than extol 
their achievements and vir- 

In an organization the size 
of the 58th College Training 
Detachment it is not to be ex- 
pected that the entire group 
may be adjudged by the con- 
duct of a few ; or the remarks 
of a minority, which may, if 
one is not alert, materially 
govern the thinking majority. 

in your short experiences as 
a member of the Armed Forc- 
es most of you have heard 
nothing but criticism ; but at- 
tention must be called to the 
many reports we have re- 
ceived on the splendid con- 
duct, the excellent spirit, and 
the neat appearance of the 
detachment as a whole. These 
remarks have come more par- 
ticularly from Amherst; al- 
so from others on occasions 
when men have been out of 

Credit should be shown the 
members of the band, who 
through their own voluntary, 
untiring efforts, and splendid 
cooperation have produced a 
unit which the entire Officer 
Staff agrees will be second to 
none throughout the entire 
Southeast College Training 

On more than several occa- 
sions we have received many 
comments on the superb plan- 
ning, design and execution of 
the detachment publication, 
TAKE-OFF. In objective com- 
parison to other C.T.D. papers 
the superiority of ours is evi- 
dent upon scrutiny. Our edi- 
tor, who founded, designed 
and organized TAKE-OFF, is 
to be lauded for his unflagging 
efforts; also to be praised is 
the fine staff who helped him 
in this difficult task. 


"Pop to, Mister" and "sound 

The "Eager Beavers" have 
arrived at a Pre-flight school 
for the second phase of their 
training. The above is the 
greeting received from an ap- 
parently hostile looking group 
of upperclassmen. Yes, the 
the long awaited and in some 
cases dreaded disciplinary up- 
per and lower class system of 
training is to guide them 
through their Pre-flight 

At this time I believe, an 
explanation of this system 
and its proven merit will be 
of incalculable value to you. 
This system is used primarily 
to teach you discipline. As 
civilians you were individuals 
working towards many and di- 
versified goals. Your self-dis- 
cipline in civilian life deter- 
mined just how near you 
might approach your aspired 
goals. Of course it didn't mat- 
ter to anyone but yourselves, 
as individuals, whether you 
reached those goals or not. It 
affected no one but yourselves. 

The army, however, is dif- 
ferent. Here we work toward 
a common goal; the success- 
ful conclusion of the War, 
with a minimum of loss and a 
maximum of efficiency. There- 
fore, we must all shelve our 
personal ambitions, roll up our 
sleeves, and pitch in heart and 

Some of the things you will 
be required to do at Pre-flight 
school may seem foolish and 
absurd to you, at times. You 
may be ordered to say "Thank 
you, Mr. Coke machine" for a 
Coca Cola; perhaps you. will 
have to sing "I'll Never Smile 
Again" one hundred times, 
for snickering in i-anjjs. There 
are only three things to re- 
member at Pre-Flight, "Yes 
Sir',' "No Sir", and "No Ex- 
cuse Sir". 


S P R T S 


By Gary Lipton 

Swimming preview : Now 
that the able aqua-bats and 
watty natators of the fluid 
58th have mastered the simple 
techniques of water wonder- 
ment, they should have very 
little trouble with next week's 
super - duper pool program. 
This will include a continuous 
10 minute swim around the 
pool, (no cheating boys), and 
a delicate procedure for the 
elimination and avoidance of 
burning gasoline in any of the 
seven seas. This should be es- 
pecially useful for any Batty 
Beavers who are silly enough 
to ever get caught in such a 

Past programs in the wet 
here included urgent under- 
water swimming, bouncing 
backstrokes, and daring dives 
from the high board. For 
those who missed the reasons 
why one mustn't hold his nose 
while jumping from altitudes, 
we hope the following suffices 
— Sailors who used that meth- 
od in jumping from the Lex- 
ington were found with their 
thumbs neatly pressed 
through their brains. Since 
everyone has some sort of a 
brain — Nuflf said? 

Flash: Last week in phy- 
sics we learned (?) that the 
human body has natural bouy- 
ancy. "Locker Roomers" have 
discovered the world's one ex- 
ception in Ray Viscone (the 
human stone). He positively 
and definitely will not, can 
not, and does not float. We are 
now attempting to discover 
what kind of bait the coach 
uses on the end of his pole to 
fish Ray out of the water. 

All kidding aside, fellows, 
all the credit in the world 

should be extended to our 
swimming coach, Joe Rogers, 
for the great job he has been 
doing with us. Patient though 
firm, and thoroughly work- 
man-like at all times, he has 
earned the respect of all the 
men of the 58th. There isn't 
one of us who hasn't been im- 
pressed with the importance 
of the work we do in the pool. 
Those techniques may well 
mean our lives someday, and 
we're not likely to forget them 
for a long time to come. 

For the Statistically Mind- 
ed: The swimming pool is 75 
ft. long, holds 112,500 gallons 
of water, and completely re- 
fills itself every 9 hours. The 
high diving board is 9% ft. up. 
The long course is 13|10 miles, 
and the short course 7|10. Av- 
erage times are 12 and 6 min- 
utes respectively. The indoor 
track covers 170 yards. 25 
laps are 4250 yards, which my 
slide rule tells me is slightly 
over 2 3|10 miles. The first 
hurdle is 3 ft. up — the rope 
15ft.— the V-run 18 ft. long— 
the wall 8 ft. — the Balancing 
Beam 12 ft.— the ladder 8-9 
ft. high and 12 ft. long — the 
second hurdle 2% ft. — the 
Beam ladder 10 ft. — the coop 
12 ft. long dropping from 2% 
to 1% ft. in height — and the 
vaulting beam 5 ft. up. 

Athletes among us: If 
you've been watching any of 
the boys throwing a ball a- 
round outside, or observed any 
of the Softball games going on, 
chances are you were struck 
by the professional appear- 
ance of a stocky 5 ft. 9 inch 

Roar Of Planes Surrounds Barnes Field 
As Chief Pilot Revs Up Memory Motor 

By Al 

With the drone of planes 
overhead, the pungent, manly 
smell of flying equipment and 
leather jackets filling the of- 
fice, George Speidell, Chief 
Pilot a t Barnes Airport, 
warmed up his memory motor 
and started the prop spinning. 

Tugging his well-worn 
green cap, he stated his back- 
ground in clipped, concise lan- 
guage. His flying career start- 
ed in 1936, Roosevelt Field, at 
a private flying school- Upon 
completion of the course there, 
he brought his own plane, and 
fell prey to the air travel bug, 
while the great majority of 
the world's people stayed 

Twirling a keyring — which 
was no sign of nervousness — 


he went on to speak of the 
year he earned his Commercial 
Pilot License at the Solberg 
Flying School. "This was the 
beginning of a long and fine 
relationship," he said. He is 
still with Mr. Solberg, has 
been ever since the days of 
his initial training. 

Barnes Airport is leased and 
operated by Mr. Thor Solberg 
who has been acclaimed for 
many flying exploits in the 
last decade. In 1935 he 
spanned the Atlantic in a big 
Loening Air Yacht, with only 
a radio operator for company. 
This trip blazed a new trail 
to Norway, across the ocean. 

"We wish to extend a greet- 
ing to all the men arriving 
here in the future", declared 
Mr. Speidell. 

Bowker Show "Lays 
Them In The Aisles" 

To the stirring rendition of 
favorite military airs, the re- 
juvenated post band intro- 
duced the first squadron show. 
Under the rousing em|ceeing 
of music-wise Doric Alviani, 
the music-makers gave out 
with a hot arrangement-mere- 
ly a harbinger of things to 

Before the mad cheering 
and yells abated, Miss Margar- 
et Stanton, the eye-filling vo- 
calist began her routine. The 
soft voice, unostentatious, em- 
bracing style sent every lis- 
tener into another world. 

Lem Samuels showed a con- 
glameration of versatile ex- 
pression ranging from Ray 
Bolger to Zero Mostel. Hyster- 
ia reigned throughout the per- 

Sol Stone successfully mys- 
tified the audience with a re- 
pertoire of sleight-of-hand and 

Cadet Insignia Out^ 
"Not G.I.", Says Hq. 

For those members of the 
detachment who failed to ful- 
ly grasp the scope of last 
week's announcement, it was 
disclosed at headquarters that 
no unauthorized equipment 
will be worn at any time. 
This covers cadet insignia,of- 
ficers' forest green overseas 
caps, winged garrison caps 
and generally, all equipment 
and insignia which is not 
strictly G. I. 

Only standard G.I. is auth- 
orized at classification centers 
and pre-flight schools, there- 
fore, extra clothing expense 
is needless. 

mechanics leading to a de- 
nouement of four peas and a 

Unanimous opinion wants 
more of this type relaxation. 


By The Snoop 

Don't throw that rock before you read the column, after 
all you're taking too much for granite. 

We wish that insidious character would stop writing those 
inane commentaries under our assignments. It is comforting, 
however, to know that our reading public has been enlarged 
to one person. 

The Peanut Butter Situation is getting fierce in Thatcher; 
a close of peanut spread and nuts is becoming the favorite 

Squadron E fell out at the zero hour one night last week, 
and held the 100 yard dash along the corridor. The winner 
was permitted to go to sleep — in the coke room where it was 
nice and quiet. 

Spring is come. Here and there you can see a dandelion in 
someone's overcoat buttonhole. 

Our boys are putting themselves out for the Smith girls. 
The latest entertainment foible is to swing merrily through 
the trees and wink at passing tourists. 

Latest report from the 58th C.T.D. labor board: "We will 
no longer receive time and a half, hereafter everything will 

Just for the chuckles: A. B. Vanderhoof, psychoanalyzing 
the WAVES at the last hop in Northampton. Who really 
needed it? 

Literatm-e Dept. 
Algie saw a bear 
The bear saw Algie, 
The bear was bulgie 
The bulge was Algie. 
(Submitted for approval by Red Skelton.) 

Bob Kaplan claims that if his hair was to grow to its pre- 
war days length, the gals wouldn't give another gadget a play. 
At this point "Handsome Harry" Gormley stops scraping his 
face to object strenuously. 

My apologies to Van Deusen, who in reality is certainly a 
clean-living, hard-working "eager beaver". I know, because 
he told me so himself. Such loyalty is touching! 

And just who is that mentally minus individual from M.S.C. 
whose idea of a wild time it to meander through Amherst 
playing with his Yo-Yo. Whizz and Whee! 

Some of those self -style Aviation Cadets were caught with 
their insignias down, by one of our officers' wholly unexpect- 
ed appearance in Northampton. 

Warren O'Brien trying to get some data on the f emme from 
Smith whom he had in tow last Saturday. The only memories 
he has is of a comely face • . . and a "mourning after". 

To fully appreciate the swing band, it need only be made 
known that they come to us directly from a successful en- 
gagement in the "Orangutang Room" of Sarris'. 

Unless something goes radically wi'ong, this sheet will 
again continue that popular bit of fiction entitled: "P.X. to 
Open Next Week". This probably will come as no surprise to 
our rabid followers- 

iiiKiiniiiii >. 


The commander of Squad- 
ron C, Saunders Cox, really 
doesn't have to use a whip on 
his men as he has an impres- 
sive boxing record. 

For three years he fought 
as an amateur middleweight, 
making haymakers as. the the 
sun shone. Three times he was 
the Texas State Champ, twice 
he won the Golden Gloves, and 
once he won an AAU event. 

After leaving Southwestern 
Tech, where he played varsity 
football as fullback, he took 
up boxing as a business. He 
fought his first pro fight in 
Hot Springs, Arkansas, and 
then came East to do sixteen 
more bouts. As a prff he 
changed from middleweight 
competition to the heavy 
weight division, yet the 
change didn't' affect his re- 
cord for he lost but two of 
his seventeen fights. 

Band Organized 

Continued from Page 1 

will be held with the band on 
Mon., Wed., Fri. 

The members of the band 
are as follows: 

Trumpets : Byrne ; Pinder ; 
Smith ; Dunham ; Shulman ; 
Duch; Geitner. Drums: Zim- 
mei-man; Horowitz; Delgado; 
Samuels ; Riley ; Mihalik. Clar- 
inets: Andrews; Terry. Bari- 
tones : Delohery ; Smith ; Rob- 
erts; Phinney; Meuse. Saxa- 
phone: Brass; Zinkow; Silver. 
Trombones : Hoi-n Langer ; 
Hughes ; Drew ; Mandeville. 
French Horn: Farr. • Bass: 
Kalogeropoulos ; Greenhouse ; 
Fuller. Alto Horn: Baylard. 
Drum Major: Palhop. Drum 
Carrier: Daly. Piccolo: Fred- 
erick. Doric Alviani remains 
in charge of musical arrange- 
ments and details. 

The work they have done 
is extremely important to the 
moral of the detachment- 



IN 1941 AND HAS 

ME) Y©m mu^L^^ 
mf@ ran fmwi? ? 


U. S. Trtasury DtpartmMnti 


Take ^ 





Vol. 1 No. 9 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., MAY 15, 1943 

Subscription Free 

"Eyes front, there !" shouts 
the D.M. But the men don't 

neck of the man in front. They 
don't because they're at a New 
England college and because 
Spring has come to Mass. 
State. They pass the Old Chap- 
el many times every day, and 
there are still pretty co-eds 
in clusters in front of the 
building just as there were in 
the Springs before the campus 
was covered with marching 
men. The chimes may not al- 
ways play in time with the D. 
M.'s cadence, but they don't 
mind. In fact, they like them 
because they mean college in 

Continued on Page 4 

The contents of this com- 
munication arouses a sense of 
pride and satisfaction in mem- 
bers of this command since 
such a large proportion of fly- 
ing personnel in the United 
States Forces abroad are grad- 
uates of this Ti'aining Center. 

Athletic Teams \ Springtime Around Old Chapel Gen. Arnold Tells 
Are Organizing Inspires A Nostalgic Feeling Of Combat Spirit 

Prof. Harold Gore of the| .,__,_ always look straight at the| 

Phys. Ed. department, dis- 
closed the organization of in- 
tra-squadron teams effective 
May 23. Softball teams will be 
the mainstay of the organi- 
zation ; however, basketball, 
volleyball, track and swim- 
ming facilities will be avail- 
able to teams and individuals. 

With the close of the col- 
lege year, equipment, space 
and staff will be freed for the 
use of the detachment. Mr. 
Herbert Gill is to head the 
program as director and advi- 

At the request of the Phy- 
sical Education branch of the 
A.A.F., Washington, the ath- 
letic staff will supervise all 
competition since the detach- 
ment does not boast a physi- 
cal education training officer. 

All athletic equipment will 
be supplied by the college. Ne- 
ophyte Don Budges and Bill 
Tildens must supply their own 
rackets and tennis balls if 
they desire to use the courts. 

Here is the answer to the 
oft-repeated query concerning 
athletics — get your team to- 
gether ! ! 


Church services will be held 
as usual this Sunday. Catholic 
services will be held in town; 
also, the Protestant services. 
Jewish men will attend their 
ceremonies at Memorial Hall. 

Schedules for church forma- 
tions are posted on all Squad- 
ron bulletin boards. It is hoped 
at headquarters that all men 
will turn out. 

Squadrons Move Up 
As £ Group Leaves 

This weekend Squadron E 
becomes the second unit to 
leave the 58th and head for 
points South. Everyone will 
miss them and the upper walls 
of Thatcher Hall will no longer 
ring and vibrate to their peals 
of boyish laughter. 

They will not be forgotten, 
these good natured pranksters 
of Thatcher. They will be re- 
membered for their deeds of 
daring, their refreshing viva- 
city, and for the inside dope 
on real flying they gave to 
Squadron "D" each night in 
the crowded Coke room. It is 
certain that it will take more 
than the hazing and hard- 
ships to come to break their 
indomitable morale. 

P.T. Shows Results 
P.F.R. Scores Soar 

The physical fitness pro- 
gram really is doing a lot for 
the men of the 58th, it was 
revealed at Memorial Hall 
this week- This fact is evi- 
denced by the high scores 
turned in by most of the men. 
Putting everything you've got 
into those exercises really 
brings results; some of the 
men brought their scores up 
as much as 15 and 20 points. 

The following men attained 
the highest scores taken to 
date: SQUADRON B— Delga- 
do, 85; Cimino, W. C, 78. 
SQUADRON C— Skroback, W. 
H., 90; Riabold, E. F., 90; Hel- 
bert, R. J., 81; Wright, Wm. 
T., 81; Nixon, R. J., 78. 
SQUADRON D— Booth, W. 
C, 78; Role, D., 78; Althenn, 
A. C, 78. SQUADRON E— 

The outstanding impression 
gained during my visit to the 
African, Middle East, and Far 
Eastern Theatres was that ev- 
ery young officer and enlisted 
combat crew member had the 
utmost confidence in himseK, 
in his fellows, and in the 
equipment he was using so 

Every Army Air Forces 
man preparing for combat 
should gain increased inspir- 
ation from the supreme con- 
fidence and fighting spirit of 
our comrades overseas. 

Those who have fought the 
enemy have no doubt as to 
the outcome of this war. Com- 
bat crew members know they 
can meet any ^nemy on equal 
terms. They praise their e- 
quipment and would not ex- 
change types of airplanes. 
Their intense loyalty and mu- 
tual confidence is everywhere 

I proudly commend the 
glorious combat spirit of Air 
Forces fighting menoverseas. 
Their admirable example 
should inspire every officer 
and enlisted man to new zeal 
and greater enthusiasm for 
the challenging task ahead. 
Commanding General, 
Army Air Forces 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State CoUege, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Al Rachleff— Editor-in-Chief 

Leonard Wright — Assistant Editor 

Editorial Board 

Dick Horowitz — Managing Editor 

Dave Kames — Technical Editor — John Servo — Art Editor 

Marty Katz — Proof, Copy 

Feature — News Board 

Dick Malloch, Cartoons Bill Weiner George Winbum 

Bob Litman Harry silver Gary Lifton Hank Kowalski 

Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


Some of you men are now to leave the 58th C.T.D. It has 
been an experience which the officers as well as you men will 
no doubt long remember. 

Most of you are better for the academic knowledge you 
have acquired here, and you are surely finer physical speci- 
mens than you were the day you arrived. It has been most 
gratifying to see you progress from almost raw recruits to 
soldiers of military bearing. 

We hope that the training you have received here will 
increase your proficiency as fighters and as men. We hope 
that in the near future you will be able to use this experience 
in avenging the insidious attack on our country, retaliating 
for the atrocities of the Japanese, and in contributing to the 
utter downfall of the Axis triangle that endorses this policy 
of ruthlessness. 

Let us never forget our mission; the annihilation and un- 
conditional surrender of those who have sought to control 
the earth; those who have brought an unwarranted war 
against peace-loving nations throughout the world. 

Let us concentrate aJ! our effort toward the destruction 
of the cities and factories of those who have desired to con- 
trol the earth. And let the demolition be so complete that 
their selfish desires will be destroyed along with it, leaving 
an unforgettable lesson for their future generations. 
# « » 

It is with woe and a kind of paternal pride that we, the 
the original editorial staff of "Take Off", say Au Revoir to 
our little, full-grown baby. It will always be our baby, though 
staffs come and go, though form and layout may change in 
the future. We have been completely absorbed in the ele- 
ments of .loumalism that this work has required, and have 
diligently attempted to adhere to our original promise. That 
was — "To present the news in as fair and as interesting 
manner as possible." 

Personally, we are sorry to leave M.S.C. and the 58th. Duty 
lies elsewhere, so we go — but with a vow to ourselves to 
return, after the war and once again walk the lovely campus, 
reminiscing about our training here. 

Best of luck to the new staff — we hope that they continue 
in our beginnings, and find new ways to make "Take Off" a 
permanent success. 

The Editor 





Lt. Christian K. Madison, Jr. 

"A. E. R. contributions" — 
reminiscent of pay day ? So at 
the pay table your fifteen — 
twenty — cents are collected. 
This amount that you have gi- 
ven is your contribution to the 
Army Emergency Relief 

The Army Emergency Re- 
lief has been organized by the 
Army to give speedy financial 
assistance to all soldiers and 
their dependents who deserve 
help, whenever and wherever 
such help is needed. New men 
in the Army who are married 
at times have a problem when 
their dependents' allotment 
checks are delayed for the 
first few months — oftentimes 
with great discouragement to 
both the soldier and his fam- 
ly — here the A.E.R. comes to 
the assistance with a loan to 
cover the situation until the 
first check is received. 

Every Army organization 
in the country has an Army 
Emergency Relief officer to 
whom the soldier may go to 
receive such assistance. A sol- 
dier's dependents may apply 
for Army Emergency Relief 
through the American Red 
Cross Chapter nearest their 

The Army Emergency Re- 
lief Organization is one that 
is the soldier's own — for his 
own benefit when needed or 
for that of his buddy. Your 
A.E.R. contribution at the 
pay table is your contribution 
to a service towards your bud- 
dies or yourself. Others give 
to aid the A.E.R. substantial- 
ly — how many different sport- 
ing events have been given 
for the benefit of the Army- 
Navy Relief — even organiza- 
tions in small towns put in 
their bid to help build the 
fund that might some day be 
of assistance to you. 



■ l«lllllltlililllMIIIIIMllllllllllllll>llll 

An understanding of the 
Cadet "Honor System," seems 
advisable at this time. Advis- 
able, because of the happen- 
ings of the past week. The 
"Honor System," taken, by the 
way, from West Point, is soon 
to become a living, breath- 
ing part of each and every 
one of you. In my mind it is 
one of the most superb in- 
struments we have for the 
training and discipline of you 
as individuals- It goes much 
further than training and dis- 
cipline, however. It is the re- 
cognition of the basic quah- 
ties inherent within you. Qual- 
ities that make the difference 
between gentlemen and fools. 
It is answering loyalty to 
truth, no matter what the con- 
sequence. It is the ability to 
discern right from wrong, 
good from evil, and the ability 
to choose that right, that 
good, as your conviction with- 
out thought of personal sacri- 

Men have gone to their 
deaths, unflinchingly, knowing 
full well they might save 
themselves by sacrificing oth- 
ers for honor's sake alone. I've 
seen men eliminate themselves 
from Aviation training, be- 
cause they told the truth when 
a lie might have saved them. 
Examine yourselves, now, be- 
fore you leave us and be 
truthful with yourselevs. Ask 
yourselves, "How do I measure 
up to the standards of the Air 

Be critical in your analysis 
of yourselves. Get "On the 
Ball" and start the honor sy- 
stem now. You men are being 
watched here and will be care- 
fully scrutinized all through 
your training for the qualities 
that are standard for an Offi- 
cer's Commission in the Army 
of the United States. 




By GaiT Lipton 

Physical training is un- when our officers found it dif- 

doubtedly the major curncu- 
lar item of our training pro- 
gram. Letters from men who 
left in our first graduating 
group impress us with the 

ficult to raise their voices a- 
bove the din caused by the 
cough-ridden soldiers in the 
audience. Ask the newer boys 
how well they have been work- 

need for perfect physical con- 1 ing out in the long runs or 
dition at the classification cen- the obstacle course, 
ter. They continually refer to | it jg at once apparent that 
the numerous physical tests q^^ physical training program 

which are tendered the would- 
be Cadet. These tests must be 
passed before one can hope to 
continue in the Flying Pro- 

One can immediately see the 
reasons for this. The first 
group did very well on their 
examinations. Sometime this 
weekend, another group will 
leave, and will undergo the 
tests. This group is sure to do 
even better on these tests, and 
succeeding groups will raise 
the standards even higher. 
The reason for this is the in- 
tensive physical training 
which we undergo as Avia- 
tion Students. 

§ Ask any member of this 
group to what degree he has 
physically progressed since his 
arrival here. Ask the older 
boys to describe the first meet- 
ings in Bowker Auditorium, 


A definite request has been 
issued by Headquarters con- 
cerning the stolen-sweet acti- 
vities of an equestrian nature 
that have been noticed. No 
doubt, now that Spring ha§ 
come, thoughts will turn to 
horses and things- 'Twill be 
safer, however, to harken to 
orders and stay off. 

is to be highly praised, for it 
has greatly helped change us 
from rather ill-conditioned 
rookies to well coordinated and 
proportioned soldiers. Much 
thanks to the excellent staff 
of gym instructors at Mass. 
State for the fine physical 
condition they helped bring to 
us. We greatly appreciate 
their work. 

Locker Room Chatter: Pity 

the poor non-swimmers who 

get caught in this tidal wave, 

. . P . . latoon leaders and 

guides, P-ost! 

That flashy, hard betting 
middle-sacker you didn't find 
out who was last week (that's 
since I took the English 
course) was Don Hogan of 
Squadron "E". He developed 
his speed on a class "C" Dod- 
ger farm, and hopes to return 
to pro ball after the war. — 
Reese to Hogan to Camilli- 

Want to develop an inferi- 
ority complex ? Take a peek at 
swimming coach Joe Rogers 
son of 10 years old in the 
swimming pool. Mark these 
words — That lad is a coming 
swimming champ. 

Do all the girls that gaze at 
handsome E. Antolini realize 
his other virtues? Ed was a 
3 letter man in football, base- 
ball, and basketball, at North 
Carolina U. 

Founders of 'Take Off" Depart Woefully; 
Raised It From Mimeographed Infant 

Left to right: Marty Katz, Proofs; Dick Horowitz, Managing 
Editor; Al Rachleflf, Editor-in-Chief; Dave Karnes, Technical 
Editor; John Servo, Art Editor. 

By Hank Kowalski 

Above, you see the group 
of men who were largely re- 
sponsible for making TAKE 
OFF what it is today. In that 
group is Al Rachleff. It was 
Al who fanned the flame of 
journalism in enough men to 
form a staff and newspaper. 

Starting with a mimeo- 
graphed affair — that was in 
itself a work of art — Al and 
the boys worked diligently; 
emerging finally with the 
present printed newspaper, 

bearing all the earmarks of 
professional journalism- 

To Al and the editorial staff, 
who are leaving, we merely 
say "thanks". Thanks for a 
swell paper, having a swell 
reputation. S'long fellas and 
don't forget, "keep your wings 
level and true". 

It would be well at this 
point to greet the new editor 
in chief of the TAKE OFF. 
His name is Leonard Wright. 
To Len we say, "Carry on 


MSC Commencement 
To Be Held May 23 

All the Aviation Students 
at the 58th have been invited 
to the 73rd College Com- 
mencement Exercises, to be 
held on Sunday May 23. This 
traditional event will take 
place in the Cage of the Phy- 
sical Education Building. His 
Excellency, Leverett Salton- 
stall. Governor of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts 
will present the Commence- 
ment Address. 

Though the number of stu- 
dents being graduated is 
smaller than in recent years, 
a proportional quota will be 
presented with sheepskins. 

Hitlerism A Paranoid 
Culture, M.D. Claims 

Is Germany Incurable? 

by Richard M- Bricker, M.D. 

This author believes that in 
the case of Geitnany we are 
not dealing with Fascism, im- 
perialism, or aggression, pe 
se. Rather, he sees in Ger- 
many a fanatic, irrational 
sense of mission, which is 
symbolic of what he terms "a 
paranoid culture." 

To cure Germany, Dr. Bric- 
ker says that we must wean 
her away from these paranoic 
values by a mass treatment of 
the German people, similar to 
the cure of a psychotic in- 


By The Snoop 

And so I begin the first in a series of last columns, which, 
at the rate I am going, should extend well into '44. 
Seen & Heard 

At the P.T. building, where the newer men are quartered, 
a guard on hearing footsteps yelled "Halt! Who goes there?" 
A voice came back a bit irritably with: "What for? You 
wouldn't recognize me anyway — I'm new here." 

Tom McCarthy seen standing on a street corner in North- 
ampton and looking like a poster for a U.S.O. campaign drive. 

One of the local characters seen putting a penny in a mail 
box, then looking up at the town clock, and starting to scream 
that he had lost fifteen pounds. My advice to that boy is to 
see his nearest stomach pump. 

A good deal of water has been falling around Lewis Hall 
these "bomby" days. 

The band's very attractive vocalist last seen learning the 
"score" from the trombonist, well out of ye city limits. 

After looking at the colonic mayhem, which someone called 
Lamb Stew just for the laughs, a wag remarked, "Should I 
eat it, or did I eat it?" Which just about makes the opinion 

As the instructor put his plane into a dive, all of this boy's 
sins flashed before him. My pre-army vices being what they 
were, I'm anxiously looking forward to flying. 

And while we're on the subject of speed, some unhappy 
article dropped his pencil during a Physics lecture class; be- 
fore he could retrieve it, he had missed one full year of Col- 
lege Physics. 

Merely as a matter of shrewd investing, if some of the 
furniture flingers from "Local" E ever become pilots, I'm 
going to sell my war bonds, since their main qualification for 
pilot training is their light-headedness. 

The way the newer groups are now infiltrating into D and 
E, some of the squadrons lower down in the scale are applying 
for permanent party insigniae. 

The wags have it that the WAVES are sailors who go 
down to the sea in slips. 

While mnning to catch a bus, one of the U-S.O. workers in 
Northampton slipped and fell. One of our boys, who is evi- 
dently up on his Emily Post, rushed by her, saying, "I'll hold 
the bus for you. Get up quick." 

While in town last weekend, a soldier ordered a two dollar 
dinner in one of the local restaurants. He didn't mind spend- 
ing the money, but he was a bit unnerved when the waiter 
asked him if he wanted his meal onWhite or Rye. 
I think that I shall never see 
A billboard lovely as a tree 
In fact, unless the billboards fall 
I'll never see a tree at all. 
(Ed Note: Thanks Ogden Nash) 

So I lay aside my pen and once more prepare to defend my 
right of free speech. 






Candidate for honors this 
week is affable Edward J. An- 
tolini, the versatile athlete and 
"right" guy of Squadron E. 

Ed found his way into the 
Air Corps via the Enlisted Re- 
serve Corps route while at- 
tending North Carolina Uni- 

Hailing from Rutherford, 
N. J., quiet, unostentatious Ed 
does not seem to be a typical 
"college hero" athlete. Yet his 
quiet efficiency has won for 
him three varsity letters in 
Football, Baseball and Basket- 
ball. While still a freshman; 
Ed won the Eastern Inter- 
collegiate Tennis Champion- 
ship crown. 

Before being ordered to ac- 
tive duty, the Newark Bears 
of the International League 
were ready to accept Ed into 
their organization; however, 
duty came first. 

Fore! Fm a Rookie 

Tee off! Spring is here — 
sometimes — and with it the 
fresh green smell of young 
bladelings of grass.. 

The Amherst Golf Club— 
3 blocks out, straight through 
town; offers a fine 9 hole 
course. T'will be open on week- 
ends — fee: one buck. You can 
rent a set of 6 poles for a quar- 
ter, and some chewed up balls 
2 for 25c. Showers, lockers 
and towels are available at 
nominal extra fee. No 19th 

Springtime at Old Chapel 

Continued from Page 1 


Many times they have seen 
cut in the old stone, the num- 
bers "1885", but few know 
that in the early days, before 
Stockbridge was built and be- 
fore classrooms were put in, 
the Old Chapel served as the 
college auditorium, the placej 
where students could be hap- 
py together. 



Lt. Clarence Lipsky, United State? Air Force, from Great Neck, L. I., 
was one of the first Americans to participate in the bombing of Germany 
and the occupied countries. Forced down over enemy territory, Lt 
Lipsky is now in a Nazi prison. 

To free this American soldier, as well as guarantee your own future 
liberty, buy Second War Loan Bonds with every cent not needed for 
the essentials of living. 

U. S. Treasury DePartmtnt 








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Vol. 1 No. 10 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., MAY 22, 1943 

Subscription Free 

M.S.C. Class Of '43 Graduates 
This Week On Wartime Schedule 

Since the inception of State 
in 1863, classes have come and 
gone throughout its eighty 
year existence. This year 
marks another commencement 
— the class of '43 gives way to 
the future. 

State knows of the war 
for there are now soldiers 
training to uphold the teach- 
ing and tradition of State and 
every other educational insti- 
tution in the world. 

Beginning on Friday eve- 
ning with a Soph-Senior 
dance, the exercises will ex- 
tend over the week-end. On 
Saturday, activity resumes at 
10:00 A.M. with an alumni 
meeting and culminates at 
9:00 P.M. with the presenta- 
tion by the Roister Doisters 
of the "Distaff Side". 

Actual graduation exercises 
will take place at 10:00 A.M. 
Sunday in the physical edu- 
cation building. The Honor- 
able Leverett Saltonstall will 
be speaker. All members of 
the detachment are cordially 
invited to attend. 



There will be a slight 
change in the Church services 
this Sunday. Protestant ser- 
vices will be held in Bowker 
Auditorium; Jewish at Mem- 
orial Hall— both at 8:45 A.M. 
Catholic services will be in 
town as usual and at 8:30. 

Schedules for Church form- 
ations are posted on all bulle- 
tin boards. 

Mary Martin Arrives On Visit 
-Will Entertain Det. Sunday 

*Hot Pilots' Of Old ^D' 
Sprouting Winglets 

A new group of Aviation 
Students of the 58th have tak- 
en to the air. These men, for- 
merly members of Squadron 
D, now of quintile E, began 
flying immediately after old 
Squadron E left Mass. State. 
They will have twelve periods 
of dual flight instruction giv- 
en by civilian instructors at 
Barnes Airport in Westfield, 
and will be followed in the air 
by men who were moved from 
Squandron C into quintile E. 

Suntans To Be Worn 
Beginning May 30th 

It has been announced by 
headquarters that the entire 
58th will commence wearing 
sun-tan uniforms on May 
30th. After experiencing sev- 
eral sweltering spring days, 
the change will be welcomed 
by all. 

The sun tan, or khaki uni- 
form, lighter in color, absorbs 
less heat than the dark woolen 
winter 0; D.'s. This means 
much when marching under a 
hot sun. 

"Relations are grand peo- 
ple"-so thinks Art Whitcomb, 
genial student-lieutenant of 
flight 2, squadron "E". It may 
be proper to add, "especially 
when their photographs can 
be used for purposes other 
than posting on the back door 
in order to frighten potential 
salesmen and bill collectors. 
"At this point, glance quickly 
at the cut appearing on the 
left. Then "hot pilots", give 
the brass and boots a thor- 
ough G. I.'ing, get those in- 
spection 0. D.'s out of the 
closet, see "Nappy" the bar- 
ber, and immobilize yourselves 
for Miss Mary Martin is ar- 
riving today, Saturday the 

After completing a tour of 
several army camps as a U.S. 
0. guest artist. Miss Martin o- 
pened in a Boston musical. 
The show was followed by ap- 
pearances in New York City 
where she has starred on sev- 
eral coast-to coast hook ups. 
At present. Miss Martin is lo- 
cating in New York City hav- 
ing just completed her latest 
extravaganza, "Ha p p y Go 
Lucky" for Paramount. 

Aladdin-like Hollywood 
could not recognize the versa- 
tile Martin song-styling — ^ra^; 
ther it remained for Broadway 
to acclaim Miss Martin as 
queen of the season when she 
sang the now legendary "My 
Heart Belongs to Daddy" in a 
musical, "Leave It To Me". 
iRave notices attracted Para- 

Continued on Page 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 
Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 
Leonard Wright — Editor-in-Chief 
Editorial Board 
Bill Weiner — ^Managing Editor 
Mark Linenthal — Technical Editor 
Gene Phenner — Art Editor 
Hank Kowalski — News Editor 
Feature — News Board 
Dick Horowitz Bob Litman 

John Nolan — Photography- 
Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 

The editors of "Take Off", along with the men and officers 
of the 58th., at this time, wish to extend their condolences 
to Aviation Student Alfred Weeks on the recent death of 
his mother. 

With the advent of the cadet system of self-supervision 
and administration, the 58th is entering the final stages of 
organization. Remember we are a new organization with 
many trials and obstacles behind us. Headquarters upheld 
the organizational end. Where administration has been hand- 
led by we students, success has not been too evident. The 
fault lay in poor co-operation between student officers and 
men. We were loath to chastise our "buddies". 

The cadet system will embody every principle as practiced 
at future schools. Upperclassmen will be extended the "gig" 
power. The tour line will be startling on the weekend, but that 
is to be expected. A certain show of power is necessary to 
be appreciated. 

In turn, the upperclassmen are subject to the jurisdiction 
of student officers. They are required to act as officer ma- 
terial by their actions can the success of the system be esti- 
mated. This is war — we men are the future and hope of the 
nation and world. If we realize our responsibilities, the earlier 
will we attain victory, peace, and stability. 

Once the sweat and labor of moving to new rooms and 
buildings is over, the new arrangement of squadrons will be 
a boon to all. Not only is this type of organization a panacea 
for headaches at headquarters, but also a definite aid to the 
men in the squadrons. 

First, it will guarantee less moving for the Aviation Stu- 
dents to come; and for those already here. Secondly, it will 
give the squadrons a permanency that will act as a frame- 
work for traditions, competitions, and solidarity. The era of 
intersquadron Softball games is not far off. And lastly, it will 
make all competitions and comparisons completely fair, be- 
cause each squadron will be an accurate cross-section of the 
trained men of the 58th. 

Gone forever are the days when the raw recruits of the 
old squadron "B" had to compete, at retreat parade, with the 
polish d and senior Aviation Students of Squadron "E". 


By Lt. Williams 

The task of the Army Med- 
ical Corps seeks to examine 
and eliminate those unfit for 
military duty and select those 
who can perform military du- 
ties without being a burden. 

The second function is 
training the soldier in Hy- 
giene and enabling him to take 
care of himself, as well as im^- 
munization against certain 
diseases. The "shots" are quite 
familiar. Food, water and san- 
itation are under the super- 
vision of the Medical Depart- 

The third function is the 
care of sick personnel, aiming 
at healthy restoration to duty 
at the earliest moment. 

The number of patients on 
sick call has been discussed 
frequently. We of the Medical 
Department do not wish to 
discourage anyone from re- 
porting on Sick Call. However, 
the practice of reporting on 
Sick Call to escape duties can- 
not be tolerated. The medical 
officer is able to detect gold- 
brickers and they will be 
treated accordingly. If you are 
honest, you will find the Med- 
ical Department most cooper- 




There seems to be some mis- 
understanding as to the se- 
quence of courses during your' 
flight training. I will herewith 
set down for all time your 
schedule of courses. From here 
you' will go to a classification 
center to take your examina- 
tions for appointment as 
Bombardiers, Navigators, or 
Pilots. Some of you will be 
classified for all three schools, 
others for two, and some of 
you for just one. The classi- 
fication center is not a flying 
field ; you will not attend pre- 
flight school there, nor will 
you remain there any Ibnger 
than necessary. Your stay will 
be from two to five weeks. 
After you have undergone a 
rigid physical, the "Army 
6.4" examination, and have 
taken your psychological tests, 
you will wait until a pre-flight 
school is ready to admit you. 
For the sake^of argument, let 
us assume you are sent to 
Maxwell Field, the pre-flight 
school for Pilots. While at 
Maxwell you will live in one 
story, stucco barracks, each 
containing thirteen rooms, 
four men t6 a room. You will 
undergo a very rigid physical 
training program and a strict 
academic schedule. The physi- 
cal training program consists 
primarily of calisthenics, ob- 
stacle course, drill, and retreat 
parade. The academics are 
comparable to your present 
studies, although farther ad- 
vanced and with a few addi- 
tions; namely, Code, Ground 
Forces, Aircraft and Ship I- 
dentification, and Meteorology. 
You will be busy — ^very busy, 
and when you leave, you will 
be ready for actual primary 
flight training. 







By Doc Hannan 

The physical training pro- 
gram, already moving at top 
speed, will take a new stride 
forward. Weather permitting, 
the new outdoor obstacle 
course will be dedicated next 
week. Mr. Eck, of the Physical 
Training Department, pointed 
out that rugged exercise ra- 
ther than speed would be em- 
phasized. Several new hazards 
have been devised to trap the 
unwary, among them a twenty 
four foot zig-zag crawl com- 
pletely enclosed, a rope swing 
over the brook, where a slip 
will result in an unceremoni- 
ous dunking, and a balance 
beam for the return trip. The 
course is equipped to accom- 
modate four men running si- 
multaneously ; thus several 
trips can be made during the 
allotted time, and a greater 
degree of physical proficiency 

This course, longer and 
more difficult than its prede- 
cessor, will enable every avi- 
ation student to attain the ab- 
solute peak of physical con- 
dition, the prime requisite in 
the life of any cadet. Every 
day wasted here is a day lost 
and directly or indirectly may 
lead to "washing out" in the 


Any men in the 58th who 
have had previous editorial 
experience and are interested 
in continuing their writing 
activities, should walk — not 
run, to S|Sgt. Virelle's office, 
Monday night, at 9 p.m. Since 
the departure of old Squadron 
E, the staff of "Take Off" has 
been depleted, and new men 
are needed to fill these vacan- 
cies. . 

months to come. 

The calisthenics program, 
graduated and designed for 
advancement will continue to 
be changed every two weeks. 
These exercises come to us di- 
rectly from Maxwell Field in 
bulletins issued by the Army 
Air Force. Dogging it today 
only increases the load as the 
weeks go by. 

Now that the summer 
months are here (latest ru- 
mor) let's make the most of 
it. The staff of the physical 
training department have 
spared no pains to give us a 
chance to make the grade. 

In the near future, Mr. Gill, 
of the athletic department will 
be in charge of recreational 
periods for those interested. 
The time for words has pas- 
sed; let's have a little action. 
Get your teams together so 
that when the call is issued 
the schedules can be formed 
with a minimum of delay. 

For you fairway ramblers, 
inforination on golf facilities 
will definitely be announced 
next week, best time for play- 
ing, dues, etc. This should be 
encouraging news to Art. Dev- 
lin, Ab. Davis, and Nick Cald- 
well — that energetic three- 
some, champing at the bit to 
loosen their long irons. 

Several of the former foot- 
ball greats from the Ivy 
League colleges are rounding 
into shape. Leo 'the Lion' Leo- 
pold, pride of Dartmouth, is 
strickly on the beam, judging 
from his hustling perform- 
ance on the obstacle course 
last week. Trying to better his 
old grid nemisis, Harvard's 
Jack Fisher, the Lion modest- 
ly said it would be a matter 
of days. Time will tell. 

G.I. Haircuts Top-notch Air Conditioners; 
**Baldy locks'* Dominate Spring Coiffures 

The practice of shaving the 
head was inaugurated by 
monks, and in the seventh 
century a shorn pate denoted 
the clerical status of its own- 
er. However, today at the 58th 
it means conforming to an 

VOUC/\NTillA n/XN — 

"order of Captain Couri". 

When most of us were new 
at Mass. State we were, coif- 
furely speaking, a motley 
crew. Either we had submitted 
to monstrocities foisted upon 
us by "loving" roommates, or 
we had insisted on keeping 
warmly covered necks and 
ears. Nevertheless in many 
cases, the fault of our unseem- 
ly appearance was not our 
own. The "High Command" 

wanted short haircuts in a 
hurry, and we jumped to do 
its bidding. 

On April 8th, the following, 
order, appeared on the bulletin 
boards. "All haircuts will com- 
ply with the following regula- 
tions: Top — one inch maxi- 
mum length ; Sideburns — re- 
moved by clippers. No excep- 

But Nappy, the college bar- 
ber, try as he might, could not 
handle all of us on such short 
notice. Things now are happily 
very different, so that you 
can't tell a man of Squadron D 
from a man of any other 
Squadron — at least not by his 
haircut. Each Squadron now 
has a regularly posted hair- 
cutting schedule ; and n o 
member of the 58th can get 
a haircut from "Nappy" un- 
less he has a haircut slip,. 
which he has procured from 
his student first sergeant the 
evening before the appointed 

Henceforth all infractions 
of the "no exception" rule 
will stand out like a sheep dog 
among French poodles. 

New Housing Plan 
Fdicilitates Housing 

In order to facilitate the in- 
auguration of the cadet system 
a wholly new housing plan is 
being effected at Mass. State. 
There are now five new Squad- 
rons, each composed of a 
group of men from each of the 
old Squadrons, which contin- 
ue as academic quintiles. The 
new plan maintains five per- 
manent groups of students, 
among which new men can 
be equally distributed, and 
from which old men can be 
equally drawn. Both upper 
and lower classmen belong to 
each Squadron, forming self 
governing independent units. 

Cadet Disciplinary 
System Commences 

Men of the 58th, now in the 
throes of readjusting them- 
selves to a new system of col- 
lege training, are embarking 
upon a plan which allows them 
a greater measure of self gov- 
ernment. When organization 
is complete, under the cadet 
system imported from West 
Point upperclassmen will set 
an example of good discipline 
for their less experienced 
brethren and will be allowed 
to award demerits. The pro- 
gram is designed to develop 
qualities of leadership in the 
men, and hazing is definitely 
ruled out. 


By The Snoop 
And so up to my garret on the fourth floor of Thatcher for 
my weekly tussle with trivia. 

Not casting any aspersions on my accommodations, but 
when I last left my roommate, he was engaged in a gory 
struggle with a sordid collection of bugs, beetles, and mosqui- 
toes for permanent possession of the room. 

And while on the subject, some of the denizens of the stra- 
tosphere have been complaining of nosebleeds caused by the 
high altitudes. On the other hand, from the stygian depths 
of Thatcher arises the hollow moan, the gasping cry, "air, 
air" ! ! Comer rooms on the second floor will be open to bid- 
ding at the chaplain's office on Tuesday, May 32nd. 

I can anticipate Mark Lilenthal assuming the brace posi- 
tion for instruction purposes only. Head banked at a 60 angle, 
chest ? describing a broken arch, stomach two feet in the lead, 
knees bent — the entire cataclysmic picture resting on size 
12's. The denouement approaches as the right hand is hoist- 
ed twelve inches above or below the right eyebrow — ^the Jeff- 
erson Barracks Special ! ! 

Three "hips" and two "hoorays" for the man who has made 
a career of relaxation — Av.|S. J. C. Sumner. It can never be 
said of him that he knowingly hurried or stood when he 
could stroll or lie down. Every flying man deifies him — ^the 
reason? Constant practice has been rewaided by success; 
Sumner is the most relaxed man in the air. I for one, am 
inquiring into his diet — I'll have a dozen if its fresh! 

For those of us at the airport, life is a never-ending cycle 
of amazing encounters. Flight 3, hurrying to the barracks, 
throttles wide open, encountered a horrifying sight. In the 
middle of the road stood a poor G.I. obviously having a con- 
vulsion or fit. Immediately, all holders of the standard cer- 
tificate joined the rush to become "angels of mercy". Instead 
of a patient with normal symptoms, this victim was very 
much alive. Between slaps, kicks, squirms, and a dignified 
strip tease, the story took shape and emerged from the neb- 
ulous state. A gentle game of throw the football was in pro- 
gress when the neophyte birdman, running backward to get 
under a bad pass, encountered a minor diversion in the form 
of an ant hill. Shouldn't happen to anyone but my mother- 

A Congressional Medal of Honor is the prize to the daring 
individual who will lead the commando raid and lynch party 
to the new obstacle course. There, in the best movie tradition, 
to stage a fiasco with a match and a can of gasoline (with or 
without ration coupons — I ain't proud! !) 

Expect in the very dim future an article entitled "The New 
and The Old" or "A Short Course for Sick Call" by that im- 
pressario and master of the knife and ether can, Sgt. Britt 
of the Med. dept. 

This paragraph is the summation and defense. How do 
you like this column? I tell them at the office — ^but whadda 
they say? — "Write, write, y'wanna be sued for breach of 




William B. Wheeler is his 
name. Medium height, slim, 
legs built for speed, are Bill's 
facilities — his scrapbook 
shows that he has made good 
use of them on both the track 
and the gridiron. A dozen or 
so medals, numerous ribbons, 
and newspaper clippings ga- 
lore evidence the efficient, ac- 
tive life Bill led as a civilian. 

Graduation from Florida 
Military Institute, then en- 
trance into Officer's Military 
Camp, gave Bill the back- 
ground which unerringly 
showed up as squadron com- 
mander of "B". The Universi- 
ty of Florida, The University 
of Tampa, Newburg College 
and Tennessee State Teacher's 
College, all offered Bill Wheel- 
er scholarships. A writer of 
poetry and prose, some of 
Bill's "stuff" appeared in a 
World's Fair Anthology. 

Mary Martin Arrives 

Continued from Page 1 

mount who succeeded in sign- 
ing the new star to a long 
term contract. 

Miss Martin, the demure 
and naughty Southern belle, 
will spend Saturday visiting 
with Art, who by the way, is 
her nephew. On Sunday, the 
songstress will attend com- 
mencement exercises and 
spend the afternoon touring 
the campus and grounds. Mess 
call will be further enhanced 
as our guest will break bread 
and partake of dinner with 
the 58th. 

The highlight of the eve- 
ning will come during the 
hours of 20:00-21:00 when 
Hollywood personatus moves 
into Bowker to render several 
hit tunes for the approval of 
the detachment. A full pro- 
gram will be scheduled-mark 
it in your memories — Sunday, 
the 23rd at 20:00 in Bowker 
auditorium-en masse!! 



Marine Pvt. 1st Oass M. G. Hoffman, survivor of the U. S. S. 
QUINCY, was a loader on one of her big guns until she was sunk during 
an engagement with the Japs off Savo Island in the Solomons. 

Hoffman is typical of the crew. You are helping Hoffman and his 
buddies when you buy bonds during the Second War Loan Drive. They 
give their lives — You lend your money. 

V. S. Trtasury Dtfartmtnl 







Vol. 1 No. 11 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., MAY 29, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Social Calendar 
Of Events Bared 

Plans have already been 
made lest the new underclass- 
men be lost in the weekend's 
social maelstrom. By courtesy 
of the U.S.O, a first run fea- 
ture length photoplay with 
selected short subjects will be 
shown in Memorial Hall on 
Saturday at 7:30 for these 
men. Any upperclassmen re- 
maining on the post are cordi- 
ally invited. 

Next event on the social 
roster is a party to be held on 
Sunday at the Hill Memorial 
Clubljouse near the post in 
Amherst. The gathering is ex- 
pected to last from three until 
five-thirty p.m. and feminine 
escorts will be there. Between 
forty and fifty men are in- 
vited. Anyone interested must 
sign the list provided on the 
bulletin board. 

Finally, on Wednesday, 
June 2, there will be a dance 
given by the graduate nurses 
of the Northampton Hospital. 
Sixty men may go if their 
names are affixed to a similar 
list. If you are interested, be 
sure your name is among the 

— # »» 


Sunday Church Services will 
be the same this week as last. 
Protestant services will be 
held in Bowker Auditorium; 
Jewish at Memorial Hall-bith 
at 8 :45 A.M. Catholic Services 
will be in town as usual at 

Schedules for Church form- 
ations are posted on all bulle- 
tin boards. 

Military Band jMay 31 Announced As Start 
In Final StagelQi Liberalized Open Post Line 

The 58th. C.T.D. Band marching across the campus 
toward the parade field. 

By Bill Weiner 

"The drums go bang! and 
the cymbals clang" and the 
.58th C.T.D. Military Band 
takes off. The baton-waving 
smoothie who leads and guides 
the band through its' musical 
pitfalls is Mike Delohery, a 
very earnest and serious fel- 
low intent on the success of 
this new musical aggregation. 

The band now boasts forty- 
one men with instruments 
ranging from the bass drum 
to the French horn. The band 
will expand to its maximum 
strength of forty-eight men 
very shortly. 

Under the tutelage of Mr. 
Doric Alviani, music master, 
supervisor, and special arran- 
ger extraordinary, the bands- 
men are rapidly acquiring a 
repertoire of acknowledged 

military music. Beside the old 
standbys, "20th Century", and 
the "Stars and Stripes For- 
ever", the men are playing the 
"Thunderer", the "National 
Emblem", and "On Wiscon- 
sin", heard at Sunday's show 
for the first time. A new sax 
section doubles with clarinets. 
In the very near future, a 
new and bigger dance band 
will be unveiled. 

These men are devoting five 
nights a week to rehearsals 
and drills; purely extra-cur- 
ricular activity for which they 
receive world shaking acclaim 
and slight thanks. Let's all 
get behind them and show our 
appreciation for enlivening re- 
treat parades and the weekly 
"beaver" meetings. 

One of the most welcome 
news stories in the career of 
the "Take-Off" was announced 
at the "eager beaver" meeting 
last Wednesday night. On May 
31st, all upperclassmen will be 
extended the privilege of open 
post to be continued thence- 
forth daily. 

Immediately following the 
chow formation, the freedom 
of the post including the St. 
Regis Diner", will be extend- 
ed to upperclassmen until 
1930. The hours between 1930- 
2030 are designated study 
hours and require every avia- 
tion student to be in his quar- 
ters. After the one hour study 
period, the post is again open 
until 2130. Headquarters em- 
phasizes that chow formations 
will be met with no excep- 

Each night of the week will 
be designated as "special priv- 
ilege" night. Every • squadron 
will have such a night and will 
be allowed to visit the movie 
house in Amherst. There will 
be absolutely no detours or 
re-routing of the itinerary. 
Aviation Students who wish to 
utilize their new-found free- 
dom are required to sign in 
and out at the C.Q.'s desk, per- 

There is a distinct differ- 
ence between "special privi- 
lege" night and "open post" 
night. No member of the 58th 
may leave the actual post on 
"open post", whereas a desig- 
nated squadron will go to Am- 

Cottlinued on Page 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Leonard Wright — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Bill Weiner — Managing Editor 

Mark Linenthal — Technical Editor 

Hank Kaowalski — News Editor 

Walter PoIak^CircuIation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Dick Horowitz Bob Litman Doc Hannon 

John Nolan — Photography 

Gene Phenner — Art 

Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


Welcome new men to the 58th C.T.D. Though the life of our 
organization dates back only to March 1st of this year, never- 
theless much has happened to seemingly increase the age of 
our detachment. Two classes have successfully completed 
their courses here and have moved on to the classification 
center at Nashville, Tenn. By this time the first class have 
donned their cadet uniforms and are matriculating at Max- 
well Field, Ala. 

We hope you will take real pride in your organization and 
let your actions on and off the post reflect nothing but high 
credit to this detachment. When you leave the post make 
sure that your appearance reflects that which you are soon 
to become — an officer in the Army of the United States. 


With the commencement of the new Cadet system, many 
aspects of the training at the 58th have changed. Discipline 
will be more strict; that is sure. There are more potential 
"giggers", and they all have more prestige than they former- 
ly had. Also, there is a new list of 226 delinquencies for 
which "gigs" may be readily awarded in generous measures. 
If you thought the discipline was strict before, you are in for 
a jolt. 

But e-s'en this cloud has its silver lining. There will be no 
more uncertainty as to what the regulations really are. The 
list is very definite. You will no longer be "gigged" for a 
rule you didn't know about ; and the number of demerits for 
the offense is no longer a matter of the student officer's 
mood. All this is set down in unquestionable black and white. 

The strict enforcement of these numerous regulations will 
also make many new privileges possible. The nightly open 
post and special privilege nights are excellent and convincing 
examples of this. With this new system, life becomes a matter 
of work hard and play hard. 

The discipline may seem a bit hard for a while because 
ignorance is no longer an excuse. But, on the other hand, 
ignorance is no longer possible. And your first special privi- 
lege night should make the world fairly rosy after all. 


By Lt. James B. Foran 

In the establishment of a 
"class system",, constant vigi- 
lance must be maintained to 
prevent any or all forms of 
hazing. In a program of long 
duration, activities of this sort 
on the part of the "upperclass- 
men" can become intolerable. 
A new aviation student enters 
his training program full of 
confidence, enthusiasm, and 
willingness to cooperate. 

"Upperclassmen" should al- 
ways be mindful of the fact 
that this spirit can be broken 
by the improper exercise of 
authority granted them under 
the "class system". Many of 
our present "underclassmen" 
have had considerable pre- 
vious military experience ; sev- 
eral, through their good ef- 
forts, have attained non-com- 
missioned officer's rank. This 
necessarily means that before 
"upperclassmen" exercise 
their rights under the "class 
system" they should be well 
versed themselves in whatever 
they set out to correct in their 
subordinates. It appears nec- 
essary too that those non- 
commissioned officers compri- 
sing a part of the "underclass- 
men" should revert to the ear- 
ly days of their military ca- 
reer and in a sense, re-live the 
period of readjustment. 

It might be added that the 
entire purpose of the "cadet 
system" is the training of the 
individual to accept those re- 
sponsibilities which will be his 
as an officer in the United 
States Army Air Forces. The 
individual who can take it and 
produce as an "underclass- 
man" is the one who will make 
a superior "upperclassman" 
and ultimately develop into 
what the Air Forces prides it- 
self on today — the first rate 
fighting men of the world. 


This is the second in a ser- 
ies of articles on the sequence 
of courses through Flight 
School. In my last article, I 
explained the classification 
system and the pre-flight 
school. Here we will deal with 
primary flight training. 

At last the long, hard grind 
of pre-flight ground instruc- 
tion has been completed and 
the "eager beavers" are about 
to spread their wings. After 
graduation from pre-flight, 
they tuck their books under 
their arms, march through the 
rain (it always rains when 
troops move) to the railroad 
siding and board the custom- 
ary de luxe train which is to 
carry them to "X" Field in 
Florida. Primary flying fields, 
by the way, are owned and 
operated by civilians under 
army supervision. 

Arrived at "X" Field, the 
"beavers" are amazed by the 
wonderful accommodations be- 
fore them. It looks more like a 
college campus than a soldier's 
camp. The barracks compare 
to modern college dormitories. 
Two men occupy a room. Each 
room contains two beds, two 
desks, in fact, two of every- 
thing including a private 
shower room. 

The dining hall is found to 
be an epicure's delight. Tables 
covered with white cloths, ar- 
my air forces silverware, wait- 
ers, and last but not least, 
succulent food for all. 

At primary, the daily sched- 
ule is as intense as at pre- 
flight school. Calisthenics and 
ground school subjects as phy- 
sics, airplane engines, naviga- 
tion are only subordinated to 
actual flight training in PT 

The stay at primary is in- 
definite as the weather plays 
the major role in determining 
the length of your "resi- 



By Doc Hannan 

The new obstacle course was 
duly inaugurated during the 

J! past week, and judging from 
the appearance of the platoons 
entering the locker room at 
the close of a grueling two 
hours, it was a success in ev- 
ery way. The one big advan- 
tage apparent in this brief 
acquaintance, was the resem- 
blance that several of the ob- 

• stacles bear to natural outdoor 
conditions to be encountered 
when training is over. These 
barriers and hand beams, re- 
sembling a tank trap, are ex- 
pressly designed for strength- 
ening the all important arms 
and necks of the future cadet. 

( The new track schedule, a 

■■ vital supplement to the ob- 

' stacle course, provides every 

opportunity to "get in the 

pink". The present plans call 

. for time trials over various 

distances from the quarter to 

the mile. The immediate goal 

is a six minute mile for all to 

aid in building stamina and 

speed for longer cross country 

runs. Saturday's schedule calls 

for a mass calisthenic drill on 

the field followed by a two 

• mile run. And here one must 

offer all the coordination at 


Commencing with our next 
issue, the "Take-Off" will pub- 
lish all news relating to the 
administration of the detach- 
ment. Supply news, squadron 
announcements, changes in 
schedule, and S|Sgt. Virelle's 
headaches will find their way 
into this feature. All copy 
must be in by the Monday eve- 
ning preceding publication. 

his command. 

By no means to be minimiz- 
ed in our conditioning pro- 
gram, are the several swim- 
ming periods each week. This 
is the opportunity to perfect 
that essential requirement of 
aviation life, as the ability to 
keep afloat for hours or even 
minutes has been the differ- 
ence between life and death 
many times in the past few 

To Aviation Students, the 
green fees at the Amherst 
Golf Club will be one dollar per 
day. If it is impossible to bring 
your own clubs, they may be 
rented at the club at a small 
charge. Sunday morning af- 
fords the best chance for a 
fast round on a really sporty 


Len Samuels, our efferves- 
cent comedian, turned out a 
record of a different nature 
during the week. Timed by one 
of the staff, Lennie broke the 
indoor record for the half mile 
at Mass. State with a time of 
2:01. Pushed from behind 
when some of his jokes back- 
fired, the boards sizzled under 
his churning feet. 

Speaking of records, the 
real upset occurred Wednes- 
day, when Bob Lucy, the New 
Hampshire speedster, after 
setting a fast pace for the 
first three quarters of the mile 
run, was nipped at the wire by 
Pete Thompson's finishing 
kick. Lucy, for some unknown 
reason, had no alibi for this 
reversal of form, the surprise 
of the outdoor season to date. 

Goldbrickers Beware Sgt Britt Who 
Believes In The Liquid Dynamite PaLnacea 

By Sgt. Isham B. Britt 

I will now take time out 
from answering various ques- 
tions and writing out T.S. 
slips to point out a few facts 
in the life of a Medical soldier. 
The Medical department has 
its advantages and disadvan- 
tages. A Medical soldier has 
the opportunity of meeting 
the men individually and hear- 
ing each man's complaint to 
the Medical officer. He has the 
advantage of watching the 
Medical officer at work, per- 
forming his skillful duties. 
There is one disadvantage 
which must be tolerated to 
some extent at every army 
post — "goldbricking". 

Men report on sick call daily 
with the purpose of being ab- 
sent from formation, inspec- 
tion, physical training, and 
other duties. Continual re- 
quests for excuses from Phy- 
sical Training pour into this 
office. I have encountered sol- 

diers who falsely complained 
of stomach ache; a four-fin- 
gered hooker of castor oil, the 
"G.L coffee", is the panacea in 
these cases. The hand, foot, 
and arm enthusiasts follow. 
Those maimed and broken 
men who go hurtling down a 
flight of steps three at a time, 
or the slung arms that heave 
a baseball three hundred feet 
have startling recoveries when 
they next appear on sick call. 
The highlight comes when a 
poor uninitiate tries every 
method but fire to raise his 
temperature. Our sick bay's 
reputation for care and com- 
fort is well-known. 

Men, realize that the Medi- 
cal department is capable of 
diagnosing any illness and will 
recommend excuses from duty 
if the conditions warrant an 

New Flyers Begin 
At Barnes On Sat 

Flights three and four of 
Quintile E are taking to the 
air at Barnes Aii'port in West- 
field, on Saturday to begin 
ten hours of dual training af- 
ter flights one and two have 
finished their flying. From 
their very first lesson they 
will have complete control ov- 
er their Piper Cubs and Inter- 
state Cadets, always, howev- 
er, with an instructor at the 
alternate set of controls. Also, 
they will find a new schedule 
of flying time, ground school, 
lunch hour, and free time at 
the airport. 


One volunteer reporter from 
each squadron will please re- 

port to the news office on 
Monday at 2100 for instruc- 
tion and word assignment on 
the new personal squadron 
news feature. 

Wing Commanders 
Selected By Hqtrs. 

The below-named men are 
the new detachment student- 
officers selected on a basis of 
leadership ability, physical, 
and scholastic standing. These 
men are assuming complete 
responsibility for the success 
of the "cadet system". 

Av.|st. 1st Capt. Wing Com-, 
mander, Robert Pratt; Av.jst. ' 
Capt. Supply, Lewis Hodge; 
Av.jst. Capt. Adjutant Wil- 
liams; Sgt. Major Hepburn; 
Color Sgt. Schmeltzer; Color 
Bearer Holtman ; Color Guards 
Dempsey and Powers. 

Av.|st. Capt. Group 1 — 
Hodge; Supply — Hicks; Ad- 
jutant Knizeski. 

Av.|st. Capt. Group 2 — Nic- 
hols; Supply — Sansini; Adju- 
tant Roberts. 


By Bob Litman 

And so while my roommate prepares to practice neck tour- 
niquets on me, I pick up my pen and turn out an inky rasp- 

All this moving came as a great disappointment to me. 
Someone told me that my new roommate was a bit of a wack. 
I don't know why they said that, he isn't the least bit femi- 

Leonard Samuels, whose latest picture can be seen on his 
desk, really had the boys rolling in the aisles last week until 
someone took the dice away from them. 

And speaking of Sunday night, Doric Alviani was shaking 
so much when Mary Martin came on the stage, they had to 
get an electrician with palsy to keep the spotlight on him. 

Perhaps it was just his desire to please, but when one of the 
instructors asked an "eager beaver" if he took calisthenics, 
he replied, "No sir, are there any missing"? 

The mosquitoes around here are so big and choosy, they 
turn dog tags over to determine whether the blood type ap- 
peals to them sufficiently to justify operations before they 
bite a man. 

At the last WAVE affair, one of the girls told me I dance 
like a pogo stick with skin. Not that it matters, but will some- 
one tell me what a pogo stick is? 

One of the local characters consuming copious quantities 
of lamb stew. He tells me that he hates the stuff, but Bicar- 
bonate of Soda happens to be his favorite drink. 

While flying last week, one of the boys noticed that the 
instructor was wearing a parachute while he had none. When 
he inquired about it, the instructor merely said,"Truthfully 
soldier, they need me". 

I hear that Tex Cox gave up boxing because he couldn't 
meet hospital expenses. 

That reminds me of the time I was in the ring. I thought 
I was going to be champ until I found out that I had to fight 
men. To this someone says, "Are you serious"? So that there 
will be no mistake in the future, let me say I am not serious, 
he's my partner, I'm Roebuck. 

One of our local aces was a bit nervous the other day while 
flying. So when the instructor told him the engine had gone 
dead and that a wing was going, he breathed a sigh of relief 
and said, "Thank goodness, now maybe we can go down". 

Don't get him wrong, he really isn't vain, but Sarlanikia 
gets very excited when they call him "Clark" instead of "Ty- 

On most menus you can see 

Steak cooked to suit your fare, 

But the time in the Army 

When you get a steak — Buddy its rare ! 
For any other inquisitive soul, let me state that I was not 
scalped, I merely washed my hair and it shrunk. I know, the 
cranium also shrinks. 


Tall, broad-shouldered, Av|s. 
Lee Parker, settled comfort- 
ably in his chair and related 
his past. A native of Oregon, 
Lee enlisted in the Navy in 
'39. In '40, Lee entered the 
Naval Academy where he first 
came in contact with the 
"class" system — which he be- 
lieves should be successful if 
run correctly. Coming from an 
underclassman, that state- 
ment is rather reassuring. 

While stationed on the bat- 
tleship "U.S.S. West Virgin- 
ia", Lee got his first taste of 
action. The ship was at Pearl 
Harbor when the Japs decid- 
ed to take over the Pacific. 
The ship was sunk, but has 
been refloated; much to Lee's 

Proficiency in boxing won 
him the middleweight cham- 
pionship title of Oregon City 
High School. 

Open Post 

Continued from Page 1 

herst each evening to the local 

This liberal policy is in line 
with Headquarters' new "ca- 
det system" of organization. 
The detachment is extended 
an opportunity to prove its' 
self-reliance. Any abuse of 
this new privilege — and it is 
a privilege and not a right — 
will result in the revocation of 
this and all future privileges. 
Let not the one bad apple 
spoil the bushel. 

Movie Announcement 

The schedule of movie fea- 
tures for the week of May 
30 — June 5 at the Amhei'st 
theatre appears below. 

Sun., Mon.— "Shadow of a 

Tues., Wed.— "Dr. Gilles- 
pie's New Assistant" 

Thurs., Fri., Sat.— "The 
Moon is Down" 


CtUMInUti by Me .American Sociitv ofMagatlne CartoonltU. 








Vol. 1 No. 12 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS.,- JUNE 5, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Famous Baritone I P. r. Workouts 
Arrives June 10 

Music lovers of the 58th C. 
T.D : The seines of concerts in- 
augurated by Miss Mary Mar- 
tin will be continued on June 
10th, when Lawrence Tibbett 
makes an eagerly awaited ap- 
pearence. The world-renowned 
baritone is, as was Miss Mar- 
tin, related to one of the men 
here at the 58th. Mr. Tibbett 
is tiie step-father of A|S John 
Burgard of Squadron A, Quin- 
tile E. The detachment ought 
to be pleased indeed that its 
men are so well related. It is 
certain that Mr. Tibbett's ap- 
pearance will be as well re- 
ceived as was Miss Martin's, 
although the attraction will be 
of a slightly different nature. 
It might be profitable to check 
on the other relations on the 
post in order to provide future 
entertainments. Now that the 
58th has such a fine start, let 
the good work continue and 
keep up the parade of hit stars 
here at Mass. State College. 


There will be a slight 
change in the Church Ser- 
vices this week. The Catholic 
will take place as usual, while 
the Protestant will be held in 
Memorial Hall and the Jew- 
ish in the Seminar Room of 
Old Chapel at 0845. 

For Officers 

Captain Couri promised it, 
and we have not been disap- 
pointed. Men, even though it 
takes place behind closed 
doors we know it's here. It 
has definitely aiTived at last 
a physical training program 
for our officers and non-coms. 

At this game most of us 
feel like old hands. For months 
we have sweated. We have 
obstacle coursed, swum laps, 
double timed for a whole hour 
eveiy day. We have felt our 
legs tired and heavy, our 
stomach muscles pulled tight 
as cat gut while instructors 
shouted "Keep em up, Keep em 
up!" But we felt good when 
a P.T. class was over, and were 
not sorry. When we arrived at 
Mass. State we needed tough- 
ening up. 

Meanwhile our officers and 
non-coms could only watch. 
Their's was a life of ease, but 
also a softening one. They had 
no P.T. But all that has been 
changed, and for an hour ev- 
eiT day, Monday through Sat- 
urday, they work out just as 
we do. The new program is 
Completely in line with the Air 
Corp's History. It h%s been 
an organization rightly proud 
of its achievements and noble 
rscord; and many of those a- 
chievements were made possi- 
ble only because its men were 
physically capable of handling 
themselves with distinction in 
difficult situations. 

So P.T. won't stop with the 
awarding of gold bars and sil- 
ver wings. This is being illus- 
trated now at Mass. State. 

Lt. Foran Leaves To Assume 
New Duties As CO. Of 22nd 

1st Lieutenant James B. 
Foran received orders from 
he Southeast Command Head- 
quarters that he was to leave 
his office here at Massachu- 
setts State College and to be 
transferred to the 22nd Col- 
lege Training Detachment at 
Canisius College in Buffalo, 
New York. Lt. Foran will take 
over command of that post 
immediately upon his aiTival 
there. He left this detachment 
June 3rd, when he was to start 
a seventeen day leave, his 
first since he joined the Army. 
He planned to fly to his home 
in San Francisco, California. 
While on duty at Mass. State 
he was, promoted from 2nd to 
1st Lt. 

Lt. Foran's main job at the 
58th C.T.D. was serving as 
second in command to Capt. 
Couri. But he had numerous 
other tasks. He was Public-Re- 
lations Officer cooperating 
with Mr. Easton, the acting 
chaplain of the post , and in 
this capacity was instrumental 
in arranging the U.S.O. danc- 
es, the WAVE dances, both in 
Amherst and in Northampton, 
and the motion pictures for 
men in quarantine on Satui'- 
day evenings. Also he was ad- 
jutant of this post, in charge 
of official notices and state- 
ments, and of the post's per- 
manent records. 

Lt. Foran was generally re- 
cognized as one of the most 
popular members of the 58th, 
popular with the officers as 

Continued on Page A 

I Special Stationery 
Now Available 

For The 58th \ 

Announcement has re- \ 
cently been made that print- j 
I ed stationery for the 58th ! 
I C.T.D. is now on sale and : 
I available for all the men : 
i stationed at the Massachu- i 
\ setts State College. 

The stationery is manu- \ 
\ factured in Amherst at the ; 
i printing shop of Hamilton ; 
i I. Newell and may be pur- ; 
I chased at the College Store. : 

Several styles are availa- ; 
: ble including paper with the ; 
I standard 58th College Train- ; 
; ing Detachment heading, ; 
\ personal stationery, and : 
I p r i n t e d correspondence : 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Leonard Wright — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Bill Weiner — Managing Editor 

Mark Linenthal — Technical Editor 

Hank Kaowalski — News Editor 

W,alter Polak — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Dick Horowitz Bob Litman Doc Hannon 

John Nolan Gene Phenner John Kielman 

Hank Reeves Raymond Kramer 

i^dviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


With this issue, the 58th C. T. D. is faced with the ex- 
tremely distasteful task of bidding adieu to a man who has 
so completely endeared himself, that it is far from a pleasure ; 
rather it b'ecomes a painful duty. 

We at Mass. State, have long recognized in Lt. James 
B. Foran, the qualities that have inevitably attained official 
recognition resulting in his transfer to Canisius University 
as Commanding Officer of the College Training Detachment 
at. that post. Lt. Foran's sympathy and understanding, fore- 
sight and knowledge of men will be sorely missed, but War 
is a sad situation; its discomfort and instability have been 
well marked by greater writers. The post will long remember 
the tall, handsome, military figure, wearing the typical air 
corps style garrison cap. 

The officers, men and editors of "Take-Off" wish you the 
best of luck and Bon Voyage, Sir. It may be a foolish ges- 
ture, but someday, somewhere, when peace and stability 
again reign in this nation, we hope to have the distinct 
pleasure and privilege of again being "friends". 


We at headquarters want to give you men as many pri- 
vileges as possible, but, over and above that, this is a mil- 
itary post. Our .iob here is to teach you to be good soldiers; 
the military aspects must always take precedence. 

We hope that the new nightly freedom of the post and 
the "Special privilege nights" will in no way detract from 
your conduct and effectiveness as soldiers. If you conduct 
yourselves as soldiers all the time, whether on or off duty, 
these privileges can readily be^ continued. 

These liberties hinge on the honor of every individual. 
The continuation of these privileges depends on the conduct 
of each and every Aviation Student in the detachment. One 
man out of order can possibly cause the entire post to go 
back to the former nightly routine. 

This is your privilege to guard, men, and your good con- 
duct alone may not prove sufficient. In this, you will have 
to be your buddy's conscience as well as your own. But only 
under such conditions can the present schedule continue. 


Lt. Edmund J. Kelly 

The "Cadet System", which 
was recently adopted in our 
detachment, calls, I think, for 
a few "pointers". 

What is the "Cadet Sys- 
tem" ? The function "of the 
College Training Detachment 
program is to provide pro- 
spective flying officers with 
the fundamentals of academic, 
physical, and military train- 
ing upon which their advanc- 
ed training will be based. It's 
a tough job, but an extremely 
important one — to expedite 
the ultimate goal of every A- 
merican — Victory ! You men 
represent the cream of Amer- 
ica; you have been passed by 
Aviation Cadet Boards as pro- 
spective officer material. It is 
assumed, therefore, that you 
are capable, to a high degree, 
of self -discipline and self-gov- 
ernment and assisting in the 
training of yourselves and 

You'll notice that I've in- 
dicated that self -discipline and 
self-government are prerequi- 
sites for the training of oth- 
ers. Every upper-classman 
must so conduct himself at all 
times that he will be a per- 
fect example for the lower- 
classmen who look to him for 
guidance. It is equally impor- 
tant for the lower-classmen 
to master the requirements of 
good military bearing in order 
that he may be competent to 
take over the .job of assisting 
in the ilPaining of the men who 
follow them. 

Don't permit yourself to 
slip ! If every one of you works 
at that principle, our "Cadet 
System" will accomplish its 
purposes, and all of us — A- 
viation Students, Non-commis- 
sioned Officers, and Officers, 
alike — will be able to take 
justifiable pride in the milita- 
ry bearing of our detachment. 


Everyone on the post knows, 
or should know of the "sub- 
headquarters" in 110 Thatcher 
for it is in this office that 
SjSgt. Joseph A. Virelle can 
be found. At this writing, he 
is somewhat disabled as he 
suffered a "charley horse" 
during a strenuous workout in 
phys. ed. 

The good sergeant enlisted 
in 1937. Since that fateful day, 
he has seen the world by cour- 
tesy of the U.S. Army. His 
last previous station was the 
Administration School at Max- 
well Field Ala. where he learn- 
ed his present duties. 

"Mother Virelle's" office is 
the Mecca for the poor down- 
trodden soul who has guard 
duty, C.Q., the gig; Hq., nick- 
el exchange, newspaper office, 
noncom's office, and student 
officer's meeting room. "Moth- 
er" enjoys his role as trouble 
shooter and adviser to the 

As one who knows the Ar- 
my and this detachment, the 
sergeant feels the most im- 
portant lesson to be learned 
here is discipline and self-re- 
liance which will prove inval- 
uable throughout your Army 










By Doc 

A new type of exercise, "Gill 
Ball" made its debut in the P. 
T. program during the past 
week. This sport, designed by 
Herb Gill, combines the best 
qualities of basketball and 

I hockey, can be played outdoors 
or inside as the weather or- 
dains, and should prove to be 
a perfect conditioning factor. 
The game features plenty of 
running, quick starting, and 
hard bodily contact — although 
no unnecessary roughness will 
be allowed. The scoring is sim- 
ilar to that in hockey with a 
goalie guarding the "pay-oif" 
area. The rest of the game fol- 
lows the general basketball 
rules — the legalized murder 

;■ brand — as offered in the Big 


The officers and non com- 
missioned officers of the 58th 
were lined up for calisthenics 
before the platform in the 
bowl. "Position of exercise — 
move", and the officers P.T. 
period was on. For thirty con- 
tinuous minutes, they went 

► through all the maneuvey^s 
that we have seen to date. 

Next on the program was a 
series of competitive sports e- 
ven^is, the highlight of which 
was a special 100 yard match 
race featuring L t. Miller, 
S|Sgt. Virelle, and Corp. Rob- 

* bins. Sgt. Virelle was off to a 
q^uick start, but pulled up lame 
near the finish coming in be- 
hind Corp. Robbins and Lt. 
Miller in that order. A return 


grudge race has been arrang- 
ed to enable the Sarge to live 
up to his favorable clippings 
collected in the dim past. 

A Softball game was easily 
"THE" event of the afternoon. 
Lt. Kelly was in the box facing 
a murderer's row of Lt. Foran, 
the now completely recovered 
Virelle, and Robbins. After 
disposing of the touted first 
slugger, up stepped Virelle, 
standing like Horatio at the 
bridge, cool and deadly. The 
first two balls were high. Then 
a terrific swing and a miss. On 
the next pitch, swinging from 
his heels, the Sarge sent off a 
long line drive to left, good for 
the circuit. Now there was no 
trace of a limp as he circled 
the sacks. Undaunted by the 
sudden and totally unexpected 
blow, Lt. Kelly boi'e down and 
retired Robbins on strikes. 
The final score ? It must have 
been a tie. 

Then for the finale, a swift 
trip around the o b s t a c 1 e 
course. And again it was Vir- 
elle, off like a flash. Over the 
hurdles in a burst of speed. Up 
the ropes, in a manner that 
would make a human fly green 
with envy. Through the "V" 
walk and over the wall. But 
that was the end; Sarge had 
slowed to a walk and was 
through for the day. He was 
last seen heading back to 
■Thatcher, with his assorted 
aches and pains, blaming that 
"charley horse" for his failure 
to make it a clean sweep. 

Hdqtrs. Announces 
Non-com Advances 

This week was promotion 
for three well known members 
of the 58th C.T.D. staff. Staff 
Sgt. McQueston heads the list 
with a raise to Tech. Sgt. Sgt. 
McQueston is known to all as 
master of affairs concerning 
58th office ma'tters. The de- 
tachment extends its congrat- 
ulations on the promotions. 

In line for a change in chev- 
rons is the well known Cpl. 
Brown. Sgt. Brown will carry 
on his supervision of tactics 
with the same zeal except that 
aviation students will have the 
distinction of walking tours 
under the watchful eyes of a 
Sgt. in lieu of the familiar Cpl. 

The Medical Dept. is repre- 
sented by Pfc. Nash (chauf- 
feur to the famous Wed. night 
dental brigades) now a Cpl. 

Flyers OfQuintile 
"E" Attend Classes 

Flights 1 and 2 of Quintile 
"E" . finished with flight in- 
struction at Barnes Airport 
last Thursday, May 27. As 
all academic courses were com- 
pleted, headquarters posted a 
new advanced list of academic 
study which will occupy the 
flyers until they ship to Nash- 
ville for classification. 

The academic schedule in- 
cludes a short course in spher- 
ical trigonometry, the basis 
for the course in navigation, 
and a code class. The birdmen 
are also scheduled for two 
hours each of phys. ed. and 

Big Dance Tonight; 
CTD Band Will Play 

There'll be a big time in 
the old town tonight. At 2045 
sharp in the drill hall, the 58th 
C.T.D. dance band will play 
for the post dance. The Am- 
herst U.S.O. club is sending 
a contingent of .junior hos- 
tesses. If you wish to bring 
your own lassie, see Mr. Eas- 
ton for a special pass. 

As an added attraction, the 
campus is going to be lit up 
with colored lanterns; you 
may escort your young lady 
friend on a tour of^ the 
grounds, weather permitting. 
In order to offset some of the 
expense, there will be a call 
for voluntary contributions 
from those attending. 

For those who are strictly 
anti-social and for the "lepers" 
in quarantine, there will be a 
class "A" moving picture at 
Stockbride Hall at 2045. 

A swell evening is guaran- 
teed for all. Let's have a mass 
turnout at either event, ON 

New Supply HQTRS. 
Now Adams House 

Abigail Adams' House fa- 
miliarly known to the men of 
the 58th C.T.D. as "the Ab- 
bey" and until the recent com- 
mencement one of Mass. 
State's women's dormitories, 
now houses the detachment's 
enlarged supply room. The 
moving was effected by de- 
tails of men from quintile E 
under the direction of Supply 
Sergeant John J. Bell. Hence- 
forth, all supply work will be 
done through the new head- 
quarters in "the Abbey". This 
work includes all handling of 
laundry, dry-cleaning, and all 
supplies for class work. 


By Leonard Samucte 

As this is my first column, I would like to introduce myself. 
I've got a one track mind with a rail missing, and after read- 
ing this column, if you have a hunting license, what are 
you waiting for? (It's open season). 

While getting our pay (during supper hour without the 
brace) ranging S50., S40., S30., S20., in fact I could keep this 
up all nite, one underclassman was short twenty cents. He 
let out a yelp and exclaimed, "I'll write to Washington". One 
smart upperclassman replied, "Washington is dead". "That's 
all light, I'll write to Lincoln. He left his Gettysburg addr^s." 

If the boys don't get their sun tans exchanges soon, they 
threaten to wear cellophane uniforms, so they can see what's 
going on. 

A|S Sherwood, walked so many tours last week, when he 
finished, he wound up in New York, 

Our capable Student Commander, A|S Weston (Sq.E) 
appeared before Capt. Couri so many times, the C. 0. now 
calls him by his first four numbers. 

A!S Ando, bragging agout having $8,000 in the bank, hit 
me over the head with his bank book. It bounced back. 

How'm I doing? Yours truly was warned by the Editor 

to keep the column dean. The managing editor said keep the 

•column clean. The Lt. said keep the column clean. What am 

I writing — a column, or running a laundry. (I'm trying 

ain't I?) 

Flash! This war will be over soon — Superman just got 
his questionnaire. 

One of the aviation stiidents was issued a Japanese rain- 
coat — you know, dirty and yellow. 

A|S Smith, who just got mairied, lost his bachelor's de- 
gree and got a Master. (More allotment). 

Sgt. Bell, had to change his office so often he's using a 
road map to find his supplies. 

The eggs we had last week were good. I went back and 
asked for more. The girl said, "I'll give you two eggs and a 
kind word." She gave me the eggs; I said "where's the kind 
word?" She said, "don't eat em." 

Our military band is now rehearsing for light opera. The 
latest edition to their repertoire is Tchaichowsky's third 
movement for not paying the rent. 

Jesse Ross, first sgt. of Sq. D claims he is a great indoor 
baseball pitcher with a fast ball. He pitches a ball so fast he 
has to run alongside to steer it. 

Corp. (I mean Sgt.) Brown looks swell in his new sun tan 
uniform. It cost him $100. If you don't believe me, ask him 
to show you the summons (Congratulations on your pro- 

Pfc. Rapid Robert Smith, claims that anyone who acts 
stupidly in the mail room, not only will get gigged, but he 
will personally take out their brains, and mail them to the 
dead letter office. 



In order that he may earn a 
commission as bombardier. 
Garnet B. Thompson, is start- 
ing anew in learning the tricks 
of the trade all over again. 

The "Sarge" who has seen 
four years of Army life, won 
his bombardier wings at the 
Orlando Air Base in 1941. He 
then was moved to Mitchel 
Field where as a member of 
the Fourth Anti-Submarine 
Patrol, he was personally cited 
for exceptional achievement 
while participating in more 
than 200 hours in anti-subma- 
rine patrol under hazardous 
conditions and at times under 
enemy fire. His services have 
been both within and outside 
the continental limits of the 
United States. For this work 
he received the Air Medal.. 

Aside from Army life, 
"Tommy" likes golf, chess, 
and bridge. 

Lt. Foran 

Continued from Page 1 
well as with the non commis- 
sioned officers and enlisted 
men. News of his sudden de- 
parture was regretfully re- 
ceived bj^all those associated 
with him at Mass State Col- 
lege. However, in spite of the 
fact that the post has neces- 
sarily given up one of its fav- 
orite members, it feels confi- 
dent under the excellent lead- 
ership of Capt. Couri and his 
assisting officers. 

Movie Announcement 

The schedule of movie fea- 
tures for the week of June 6th. 
to June. 12th. at the Amherst 
theatre appears below. 

Sun., Mon. — "Cabin in the 

Tues., Wed.— "Nightmare" 
and "Desert Victory." 

Thurs., — Sat. — "Edge of 







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Vol. 1 No. 14 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JUNE 19, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Aviation Student 
Aids Production 

More than an aviation stu- 
dent in this business of Nazi- 
Jap hunting, Wilham Eins- 
mann of Ridgewood, New 
York and Thatcher Hall is the 
inventor of a cam action 
clamp vi^hich saves the Repub- 
lic Aviation Corporation fif- 
teen minutes per plane every- 
day every week! Einsmann 
perfected this specially de- 
signed clamp in two weeks 
while he was working as a 
toolmaker for Republic, and 
received a letter a few days 
ago from Vice President-Gen- 
eral Manager Alfred Marchev 
congratulating him for his 

Republic Commends Work 

Republic's Marchev wrote 
Einsmann ; "Worthy sugges- 
tions of this type are a great 
benefit in the war effort and 
are sincerely appreciated by 

Toolmaking and rnechanical 
work is secondary in Bill 
Einsmann's mind ... He 
wants to fly now and he wants 
to fly transport ships after 
the fightin'-flying is over. 

Dance Schedule 

The Square Dance that was 
to be held tonite in front of 
Memorial Hall has been can- 
celled. There will be the usual 
Dance in the Drill Hall next 
week. This will be a contri- 
bution dance and all contri- 
butions are truly needed. 

Movies Show 
Why We Fight 

In Bowker Auditorium, the 
58th has been shown four of 
a series of seven films pro- 
duced by the Special Service 
Division of the Army Service 
Forces and the Signal Corps. 
These films have been d e- 
signed to show the fighting 
man the background of the 
treachery that brought about 
the second world war. They 
show the true character of the 
enemy and the nature of the 
United Nations. The scenes 
were made by nations at war 
and show the plain truth for 
all to see. The films have been 
used extensively by the Ar- 
my; other branches of ser- 
vice may soon use them for 
their training programs also. 

Few people realize the tre- 
mendous amount of work in 
compiling an historical docu- 
ment such as this series re- 
presents. The technicians had 
to review seven million feet 
of film before the final foot- 
age was assembled. Many of 
the scenes were made by en- 
emy photographers in hopes 
that they might be used to 
frighten neutral nations dur- 
ing a war Of nerves. The tab- 
les were turned, however, 
when the films, captured by 
the United Nations, were in- 
corporated in our feature to 
show the picture on the other 
side of the fence. In much the 
same way as captured artill- 
ery may be turned upon the 
enemy, so are the captured 
films used to help defeat the 

First Flight 

Here at last is the 'big day ! 
A great lump rises in your 
throat as you see the surpris- 
ingly large field before you 
with the twenty-odd planes 
awaiting your arrival. After 
you have met your ground in- 
structor, Mr. Kelly, , you will 
receive a brief introduction to 
aviation. Your flight instruct- 
or will arrange a schedule, 
and in all probability you will 
go up at once. 

In The Air 

For a moment a queer ner- 
vous sensation exists in the 
pit of your stomach, but as 
you hurry towards your 
waiting plane, it quickly dis- 
appears. The "prop" is turned 
and you are off. As the in- 
structor taxis up to the take 
off line he will explain the 
traffic pattern to you; this 
must be followed on all land- 
ings and take offs. After put- 
ting this theory into practice, 
you climb to six hundred feet 
and the instructor tells you 
to take over the controls. For 
what seems like ten minutes, 
but in reality is forty-five, you 
fly the ship in straight and 
level flight. You will also exe- 
cute ninety degree turns to the 
right and left, getting the 
"feel" of your plane. Then the 
instructor will take over and 
land the ship. You will re- 
ceive groiJnd instructions and 
make one more flight during 
the remainder of the day. 
Back on the bus you go, thrill- 
ed at the new horizons which 
have been opened, eagerly an- 
ticipating the "contact" on 
the following day. 

New Student 
Officers For 58th 

With the shipment of old 
quintile E, upon completion of 
their flight training, and the 
elevation of quintile D to the 
flying line, a new group of 
Student Officers has been ap- 
pointed to undertake the du- 
ties resulting from this shift 
in personnel. The new staff 
took charge of their duties at 
Review Parade last Saturday 
morning, and the smooth 
functioning of the unit as a 
whole well illustrates their 
ability and qualities of lead- 

Wing Commander, Robert 
Pratt, after a successful re- 
gime in command of the Stu- 
dent Officers, was succeeded 
by Wing Commander William 
Wheeler. Bill, former com- 
mander of old Squadron B, 
perennial winner of Retreat 
Parade, has carried his past 
record to new heights in his 
short span as Student Com- 

New Staff 

Other changes find Ken- 
neth Look as Wing Adju- 
tant; and Kenneth Morris in 
charge of Wing Supply. Group 
One Officers, governing Squad 
rons A and B are — Bruno Chi- 
ari. Group Commander; Theo- 
dore Golobay, Group Adju- 
tant; and Raymond Chaffee, 
Group Supply. Group Two Of- 
ficers, in charge of Squad- 
rons C, D, and E are — Fran- 
cis K. Smith, Group Comman- 
der; Morton Young, Group 
Adjutant; and Merle Schmal- 
ing. Group Supply. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

^ Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Herb Oilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash — Technical Editor 

' Bill Kerns — News Editor 

Walter Polak — Circulation Manager 

Feature ^ News Board 

Leonard Samuels Hank Kowalski Raymond Kramer 

John Nolan John Kielman Hank Reeves 

Ben Katz Bob Glassman 

Adviser — ^Lieutenant George Miller 


From time to time the question has been asked, "Why 
are Aviation Students required to study academic subjects, 
such as History, when their ultimate job will be the oper- 
ating, and navigation of high-pov/ered military aircraft 
in combat?" 

Well, the answer isn't very difiicult. We are fighting for 
the preservation of certain ideals and principles. By study- 
ing History we learn to evaluate these ideals and principles. 
We learn the philosophy which inspired our forefathers 
to fight and die, if necessary, in order to win them and pre- 
serve them. We learn why they are worthy of our greatest 
efforts toward their preservation today. 

On the other hand, by thorough study of History we are 
able, by comparison of the Axis philosophy with those of 
past totalitarian governments, to see why such philosophies 
are inherently wrong, and therefore cannot and must not 
be allowed to enslave mankind, who has the basic right to 
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

The study of History, then, by furnishing us with these 
appreciations, spurs us on toward the ultimate goal of all 
of us — Victory, and thus has not only a proper, but also 
■ a very important, part in the training of fighting men. 

Last week Tojo, Japan's callous little medal-bedecked Pre- 
mier, held a special meeting of the Diet and gave his little 
listeners a stiff-upper-lip speech. Once before this happened 
and Pearl Harbor followed. Smart foreign observers are 
looking for the next blow in Siberia. In any event, the allies 
can expect many busy days ahead. 

Likewise, in Europe, the main job has just begun. Sicily 
and Pantelleria are only stepping stones and Hitler is firmly 
entrenched on the continent. The road to victory is long. 

Here at the 58th CTD Aviation Students are just beginning 
to learn how to "play". The road here is also long. Don't 
let any ideas seep in that we haven't the "right to fight" and 
the chance. We will get that chance and we have that right. 
Individually, we can pound our enemies into submission. 
Yes, there's business in the Pacific, there's business in Eu- 
rope, let's be sure we're attending to business here for a 
shot at the jobs ahead. ; 


Lt. KeUy 

A couple of weeks ago in 
this column I mentioned sev- 
eral "pointers" that I hoped 
would prove helpful to you in 
understanding the reason for, 
and the desireability of, the 
"Cadet System". This week, 
with the system well under 
way, and with a new group 
of student officers at the con- 
trols, I think it might be well 
to review the duties of the up- 
perclassmen and the under- 
classmen in their relations 
with one another. 

The upperclassmen, t o 
whom is entrusted to a cer- 
tain degree the education of 
the "youngsters", have the 
iob of inculcating on the un- 
derclassmen the rudiments of 
military discipline as deman- 
ded of prospective cadets and 
officers. Every day affords 
hundreds of opportunities for 
'^uch education. The way in 
which, the "youngsters" hit 
their formations, the correct- 
ness and neatness of their ap- 
pearance and quarters, the 
the way they march and ex- 
ecute the intricacies of Re- 
treat parade, the way they sa- 
lute, the manner in which 
they report to superiors, their 
conduct in general — all these 
things and many' more should 
be under the constant sur- 
veillance of the ever-critical 
eves of the upperclassmen. 
These things can, and should, 
and must be taught the 
"youngsters" by the upper- 
classmen at every opportuni- 
ty. The upperclassman who al- 
lows carelessness in any of 
these respects is doubly guil- 
ty: he is, first of all, remiss 
in his duty, and, secondly, 
he is showing bad example. 
Frequent and constructive vi- 
sits to the rooms of thfe lower- 
classmen should be the prac- 
; tice. 

Continued on Page A 


After seventy hours of Ba- 
sic Flight instruction our Bea- 
vers clamber aboard another 
train and move to an Ad- 
vanced Flying Field. At this 
point they are seasoned Pilots 
according to civilian stand- 
ards. The Army, however, has 
much more training in store 
for them. They are not yet 
prepared for the rigors of 
combat flying. A cunning en- 
emy, well-skilled in the tricks 
of aerial warfare awaits them 
on the other side of the world. 

It i s at the Advanced 
Schools that our Beavers are 
classified as Fighter Pilots 
(Hot Pilots) and Bomber Pi- 
lots (Bus Drivers). Both have 
their respective places in the 
Army Air Corps. After they 
h a, V e been classified the 
Fighter Pilots are sent to sin- 
gle-engine schools where they 
learn Combat Maneuvers, ad- 
vanced aero-batics, gunnery, 
etc. The Bomber Pilots are 
sent to twin-engine schools 
where they learn to fly multi- 
engine ships. Bomber pilots 
also receive aero-batics, com- 
bat maneuvers, ground school 
instruction, advanced naviga- 
tion and various other sub- 
jects. After Graduation our 
Beavers, now Flying Officers, 
the envy of all men, the her- 
oes of our fair maidenhood, 
the scourge of our solid par- 
enthood, leave (again aboard 
a train) for various and sun- 
dry fields to go through Tran- 
s i t i n training, prepara- 
tory to shipment overseas. 
Hot Pilots, upon arriving at 
Transition, are given an in- 
struction book and a P-47 
(Thunderbolt). Bomber Pilots 
may get a B-17, complete with 
a crew. Thus we have covered 
the high-spots in the training 
of the finest Pilots in the 



Ray Kramer. 

The P.T. program contin- 
ues in its regular scheduled 
form, once again, with the 
hectic days of P.F.R.'s and 
obstacle course time trials, on- 
ly an unpleasant memory — 
unpleasant only because of the 
aching arms and legs that 
followed. More and more dur- 
ing the summer months em- 
iphasis will be placed on va- 
rious sports, featuring quick 
starting, speed and endurance. 
Basketball under the boiling 
sun (summer is here at last). 
Gill ball and relays comprise 
'the introductory phase. 
Sports requiring more bodily 
contact will gradually be in- 

With the final advent of 
summer the swimming sched- 
ule has been revised, requir- 
ing each Squadron to hit the 
tank for regular periods twice 
a week. The proper method to 
be used in jumping from high 
platforms, or ship decks has 
been explained. Also the var- 
rious types or styles of swim- 
ming have been illustrated 
and are now in use. Among 
these we have the . crawl, 
breast stroke, side stroke, and 
varied carries for aiding tired 
or wounded comrades. Not to 
be minimized is the .great im- 
portance of mastering the 
proper technique in keeping 


Again there will be a 
change in the Sunday church 
services. As usual, the Catho- 
lic's will attend mass at St. 
Brigid's in Amherst at 8:30 
a.m. The Protestant services 
will be held at 8:45 in Memor- 
ial Hall. The Jewish serivces 
will be held at 10:00 a.m. in 
Memorial Hall. . 

one's body afloat in a vertical 
position. Normal breathing 
is forgotten; huge gulps of 
air rapidly inhaled — held — 
and quickly exhaled taking 
the place of the normal res- 
piratory system. This partic- 
ular feature — possibly more 
important than the actual 
swimming instruction — may 
be the life saver in the fu- 

The Future Beckons 

Lest we forget what lies 
ahead — after the P.T. ordeals 
at Mass State are a thing of 
the past — let us glance brief- 
ly at the P.T. program of Pre- 
Flight. We will see the same 
obstacle course or courses^ — 
some similar to our present 
outdoor set-up, but, most of 
them greatly advanced in both 
distance and difficulty. The 
cahsthenics program will con- 
tinue — in relatively small 
groups and in mass forma- 
tions. There will be a surplus 
of hard running under an Ala- 
bama, or Texas, or California 
sun. And should the A|S have 
the good fortune to be sent to 
Maxwell Field, he is always 
confronted with the myster- 
ious and "terrifying Burma 
Road". This jaunt, approxi- 
mately three miles in length 
is one continuous series of 
uphill and downhill slopes. A 
twisting creek meanders 
throughout the course, run- 
ning between steep banks, 
which must be crossed with- 
out the aid of ropes or bal- 
ance beams. Several culverts 
and drainage ditches add 
greatly to the already dif- 
ficult terrain. Speed is not 
necessarily the secret to suc- 
cess on this grind, comple- 
tion of the course in striiSe 
being the primary aim. 

Squadron News 

Ray Chafee, that imminent 
and successful business man, 
was losing his mind during 
the week, trying to balance 
the debits and credits on his 
latest supply job, or have you 
heard of Sgt. Bell's chain 

Nick "What a man" Cald- 
well, has acquired a new of- 
fice in the basement of That- 
cher. He can be found there 
during the first period every 
morning — down in the old 
court room. 

Paul Cavaliere, commander 
of class 6 at P.T. is rapidly 
regaining that he man figure, 
he lost after leaving the cam- 
pus at Washington and Lee. 
A few weeks ago only his clip- 
pings (filling three large vol- 
umes) could prove he was a 
former conference lineman at 
that famed institution of 
higher learning. 

George Brett, busy recuper- 
ating from his last week-end 
in, Boston, hasn't had too 
much to say. His initiation in 
"nautical" society lived up to 
all expectations. 


That hot music coming out 
of Thatcher was neither Har- 
ry James nor Charlie Spivak; 
it was only "Char" Robinson, 
the latest Sq. B discovery, 
practicing a few arrange- 

This tops them all! In the 
last Physics lecture for class 
46 even the prof, was caught 
sleeping while the students 
were taking their usual "sies- 

I don't like to mention it, 
but I think that the Phys. Ed. 
instructors are priming us for 
a "long" jog to Nashville. 

"Fish" really -was at his 
oratorical best Tuesday night, 
when he had his own little 
session on the second floor of 

Thatcher. Few of us realized 
what a voluminous vocabulary 
he possessed. 

Yank "Don't Beat Me" Har- 
ris is priming himself to suc- 
ceed Humphry Bogart as he 
drives his "mop and broom" 
brigade each and every morn- 


John "Red" Kelly, of 
Northampton, after twelve 
womanless weeks of Army life 
finally broke the ice and went 
out on a date. Rumor has it 
he held her hand, when he 
bade her a fond farewell. 

Lyons, Neubert, Mousetis, 
and Naugle, "jeeps" in 424 
Lewis were interrupted dur- 
ing their nightly battle royal 
by a strong, brave upperclass- 
man who despite their efforts 
to get in a little extra P.T. 
had them "bracing" for half 
an , hour. It seems a shame 
these "eagie beavies" should 
be deprived of an outlet for 
their excess (if they have 
any) energy ! ! 

Who was the daring aviator 
who zoomed his streamlined 
Jenny, or was it a Cub, be- 
tween Thatcher and Lewis 
yesterday afternoon ? Jack 
Ledley is strictly mum on that 
little deal. 


A|S Sarapas has returned 
after his accident. This past 
Wednesday night the former 
members of "Old Squadron 
B" presented Al with a token 
of friendship, a beautiful 
watch. Lt. Kelly, our "tact" 
officer made the presentation 
on behalf of the old gang. It 
really is swell having such a 
fine fellow back with us. 

Claude Sawyer, after storm- 
ing the gates of Supply in the 
"Abbey" and at Westover, fi- 
nally got his sun tans, from 
home, where they were stored 
after leaving his last post. 

Continued on Page 4 


'4 %e Cockfit' 

By Leonard Samuels 

Presto Chango, and again the 58th CTD has a new staflf 

of Student Officers consisting of men who were once witli 

the first and original Squadron B. So beware and be on the 

ball, for there'll be here a gig, there a gig, everywhere a 

gig gig! ! 

Congratulations to A|S Wheeler on his appointment as 
Wing Commander, even though it was a toss up between he 
and I. 

AS King lost another 10 pounds and at present looks 
like a walking toothpick. He's so thin that they marked him 
absent in class. In fact, he hasn't even got a shadow. He 
took a shower the other day with water wings, he was a- 
fraid of going down the drain. 

One of the men after taking bed check shouted, "OK, 
men, all those who want to go to the latrine will go now, 
10 men and a guide." 

The Cadets at Maxwell Field were holding a series of 
air races, and the guests at the finish line were Hedy Lamarr 
and Lana Turner. It was the first time the pilots ever fin- 
ished before the planes. 

He flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Yes, 
sir, stout pilots true (from P-47 blankets) doing nip ups 
in front of Lewis Hall. (I didn't know that A|S's Reilly and 
Rand were second story men.) 

A|S Drees has quite a bit of talent, in fact, he wrote 
many plays and some day he's going to learn to read. He 
throws all his plays into the waste basket. He gets fan 
mail from mice. 

I think the stork that brought A|iS Sherwood earned the 
joke too far. In fact, I understand he has a mania to buy 
a double pump Red Ryder b.b. gun. (P.S. I think he's after 
the Wolf man.) 

S[Sgt. Virelle every day runs to P.T. as fast as he can 
crawl. Goes out to the middle of the field, takes a deep breath 
of fresh air, and one lung says to the other, that's the stuff 
I was telling you about. (He gets up at the crack of his 
back. ) 

In class the Prof, asked one of the underclassmen, "were 
you on guard duty last night, you've been sleeping and have 
bags under your eyes." The ".ieep" replied, "Sir, those aren't 
bags, they're desks to hold up my pupils." 

Pfc. Abbott, that good looking individual, claims he never 
got gigged for unbottoned pockets when he was a cadet. 
Take a good look at his shirt — he sews his pockets shut. 

Your local snooper had his wrist hurt and X-Ray'd Wed. 
Lt. Madison said, "Samuels' how's your hand, is it better?" 
Lt. Kelley said, "How's your wrist, Samuels?" Lt. Miller 
said, "Are you in pain, Samuels?" Capt. Couri inquired 
anxiously, "You can still beat the drum can't you Samuels?" 

Seriously for a moment. Don't forget Father's day. Our 
father's fought and bled for us in 1917. Today some are 
fighting and some are working in war plants. All are doing 
their utmost to end this conflict in the shortest possible 
time. Be sure to remember them — they have NEVER for- 
gotten you. 


You will usually find him 
draping his lean, six-three 
frame over a chair in That- 
cher Hall. He is the Squadron 
Commander of Squadron B 
and answers to the name of 
Jack Fisher. Jack is a native 
of Weston, Mass, and went to 
Andover Academy. While at 
Andoveir, he starred in foot- 
ball and track. 

From there he moved on to 
Harvard. He majored in Eco- 
nomics, but gained his fame 
as an outstanding center of 
the varsity football team. 
When he wasn't "flipping" the 
pigskin, he was earning his 
letter in track for the discuss 
throw and shot put. 

Jack's hobbies include al- 
most all athletics. He is es- 
pecially fond of fishing, swim- 
ming and hunting and is a 
better than average shot with 
a rifle. But girls are strictly 
"off limits". 

Lt. KeUy 

Continued from Page 2 

The "youngsters", on the 
other hand, can, and should, 
and must, cooperate. They 
must be amenable to sugges- 
tions and criticism ; they 
must accord the upperclass- 
men every respect to which 
their superior position and 
seniority entitle them; they 
must keep in mind the fact 
that in all too short a time 
they will be charged with 
the administration of the Ca- 
det System and the education 
of the men to come after 

Let's go. 

Squadron News 

Continued from page 3 


One minute past nine o'- 
clock, and Fran Smith's grav- 
el voice rings out with the call 
"Everybody fall out in the 
lobby" (shades of old Squad- 
ron B)— just another nightly 
eager Beaver meeting. 

Sgt. Brown tells us that he 
is still taking P.T. We'll be- 
lieve it the day he can see his 

Don Weston is just recov- 
ering from the consequences 
of his early morning reville 
calls — or is that a sunburn ? 

It seems that I. Silver's 
Softball league didn't work 
out! Cheer up boys, we can 
still play on weekends. 

Old G.I. "Junior" Wheeler 
is back on the job again and 
is just as popular as ever. 
That's okay. Bill, we love you, 

New Songs Needed 

Soldiers don't like G.I. 
songs! Song sheets hot off 
U.S.O. mimeograph machines 
go over like lead balloons on 
a rainy day. Take songs like 
"Dirty Gertie from Bizerte", 
It was never in an office but 
came pouring out of dusty 
throats on a North African 
desert. Of course, it has shady 
lyrics but maybe Gertie was 

The 58th C.T.D. needs some 
new songs to sing. Amorous 
Annie from Amherst might 
be appropriate. In any event, 
the 58th needs to sing again 
and loudly. The detachment 
favorite has been Wait Till 
the Sun Shines, Nellie but 
poor dear Nellie is about to 
pass away under the strain. 
Sing something new and we'll 
sing again with a great deal 
more pleasure. It is the A|S 
himself who must present, de- 
velop and keep a song alive 
and for best success he must 
write the song himself. 

Now that there are avail- 
able recreation rooms more 
quartet or octets should be 
springing up for a little dose 
of harmony before we get 







Vol. 1 No. 15 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JUNE 26, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Check Flight 

Bill Keams 

"Hey, you", cries the in- 
structor, "you're up for your 
check flight". Here at last you 
have the opportunity to put 
into practice all the intricate 
maneuvers you have (or have 
not) mastered. 

Carefully and systematic- 
ally you go through the cock- 
pit procedure. As you hear 
the roar of the motor a cold 
sweat breaks out all over your 
body. Down the field you tra- 
vel gaining speed at every 
turn of the "prop". Sudden- 
ly the ground drops away be- 
low and you climb up into 
the blue. 

Aerial Tactics 

After completing your traf- 
fic pattern you head for your 
rectangular course. Entering 
the course cross-wind, you go 
through the sequence of S 
turns. Breathing a sigh of 

Continued on Page A 





Dance Schedule 

As announced last week, 
there will be a dance in the 
Drill Hall to-night under the 
auspices of the U.S.O. The 
58th C.T.D. swing band will 
give forth with the rhythm 
and there will be an abun- 
dance of beautiful hostesses 
for all. The reports from the 
last dance indicated that it 
was a huge success, and to- 
night's entertainment bids 
tvell to exceed its predecessor. 
Your generous contributions 
will help to defray the expen- 
ses involved, and indicate that 
such events are genuinely 
appreciated. The Dance will 
start at 8:30 p.m. 

Occasionally in the press of 
immediate, everyday problems 
we tend to place too much 
emphasis on the disappoint- 
ments and annoyances that 
these problems present; tend 
to forget the ultimate aim of 
every citizen of these United 
States — ultimate and com- 
plete VICTORY. 

A few moments of clear 
thought will make us realize 
the existence of that ultimate 
goal. They will make us real- 
ize the implication of the well- 
worn phrase, "the straight 
and narrow road". 

In order to achieve the 
prize we seek so eagerly, we 
must follow a straight and 
narrow path. There must be 
no detours ; there must be no 
interference; we must get on 
"the road and drive, straight 
as an arrow, toward VICTO- 
RY. We must never allow our- 
selves to stray from the road 
and thereby impede our na- 
tion's xvar effort. 

This must be particularly 
true to us, the men in whom 
our country has reposed the 
task of securing for her the 

Current Fiction 

Aviation Student Allan 
Kane of Thatcher Hall stole 
quietly on to page seventy 
three, of the July issue of 
Reader's Digest magazine 
with a well-written anecdote 
of a "noticeably weary work- 
er in a welder's helmet". The 
short story appears under the 
Digest's feature "Spotlight 
on Today". 

Change In Band 

The 58th C.T.D band, an- 
nounced the following chan- 
ges in its organization on 
Tuesday. Roy Polhof, moving 
on to flight duty, has handed 
his baton to Glen Warren. The 
new Drum Major will make 
his formal debut at Review 
on Saturday morning. Anoth- 
er important change finds 
Earnest Drew succeeding Jim 
Smith, who also completed-his 
scholastic training at Mass. 
State, as band commander. 

The men at the 58th have 
taken great pride in the a- 
chievements of the band in 
the past. Its incoming leaders 
promise to uphold its enviable 
record, and if possible to 
reach new horizons. 

Those men interested in 
becoming members of the 
band should contact either A[ 
S's Smith or Drew, as sev- 
eral vacancies have resulted 
from the departure of Quin- 
tile E. 

Mail Room Switch 

Effective Monday, June 
28th, there will be a change in 
the personnel in the mail 
room. Pfc. Abbott, now the 
tactical non-commissioned of- 
ficer in charge of Lewis Hall 
will become administrative 
non-commissioned officer in 
charge of the mail room in 
Thatcher Hall. Pfc. Robert 
Smith, now in charge of 
the mail room, will assume 
the duties now held by Pfc. 
Abbott. The present hours of 
the mail room will be un- 
changed, and the 'System of 
mail call will continue in its 
present form. 

S.E. Command 
Has New CO. 

In order that the Aviation 
Student of the Southeast 
Command may keep himself 
posted on the latest changes 
at Command Headquarters', 
the following bulletin has 
been issued to your Take 
Off Stafl;: "Brigadier Gen. 
Thomas J. Hanley, Jr has 
been made Commanding 
General of the South- 
east Army Air Force Train- 
ing Center with Headquarters 
at Maxwell Field, Alabama. 
General Hanley replaces Maj- 
or General Ralph Royce. 

General Hanley was born 
in Ohio in March, 1893 and 
it was from this state 
that he received his appoint- 
ment to West Point. He was 
graduated from "the Point" 
and with his B.S. degree in 
his boots he entered the In- 
fantry as a Second Lieutenant 
in 1915. ' 

It was not until 1920 that 
General Hanley was trans- 
ferred into the Air Service, 
after serving as Captain dur- 
ing the "first" World War. 
In the years "between two 
wars" Airman Hanley was 
busy at various Army Schools. 

1921 Air Service Field 

Officers School .... Army In- 
dustrial College .... 1930 .... 
Command General Staff 
School and he was appointed 
to the General Staff Corp in 
June 1939. 

Well versed in air matters, 
Hanley is I'ated as a Com- 
mand Observer, a pilot, and 
a technical observer. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Herb Oilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash — Technical Editor 

Bill Kearns — News Editor 

Raymond Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Leonard Samuels Ben Katz Bob Glassman 

Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 

Too often discussed, often over-emphasized, but never to 
be forgotten is this business of morale. More than anything 
else, it's a mental "feehng" that is too seldom controlled 
by the powers of reason. Morale that is controlled by reason 
is high because a man that reasons well dismisses from his 
mind, as much as he can, all unhappy or "low-morale" 
thoughts. Briefly, morale is what a disciplined mind makes 
it. Still, it is not easy to think good thoughts. None of us 
are so strong as to never feel despair and it is for this reason 
that Special Service officers and U.S.O. workers spend time 
and money on "boosting morale". It is well to remember 
one truth in regard to morale: Activity is the best morale 
"booster" of all. Samuel Johnson once said: "Sorrow is the 
mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten 

With a tear in our eye, and a "coke" in hand, it is with 
fond and sincere regret that we bid "adieu" to those twenty- 
two "hot-pilots", who are leaving the 58th heading for big- 
ger things. Their departure came as a surprise to every- 
one, including themselves. We are all sure they will continue, 
as they have here, to stay on the beam and toil on to their 
wings. Until we meet up there — best wishes and all the luck 
in the world. 

A bulletin from the Headquarters of the First Service 
Command was received recently at the 58th C.T.D. calling 
attention to the laxity in the matter of saluting. This mark 
of salutation or greeting should never be considered a bur- 
den. Rather it is a mark of respect — a salute to a man who 
wears the insignia of a commissioned officer in the Armed 
Forces of the United States. He is a man of outstanding 
mental, moral, and physical qualities who has undergone 
a rigorous period of training. He is a leader — following 
in the footsteps of the heroes of our glorious history. As 
prospective officers, every aviation student on this post 
should form the habit of saluting all officers. It will strength- 
en morale, discipline, and create a close feeling of comrade- 
ship between officers and men alike. 

Power Plus 

To the men of this de- 
tachment who someday will 
pilot the ships that will de- 
liver the final blow of des- 
truction to the enemy, many 
freak physical occurences in 
the air are mystifying. Per- 
haps the most confusion oc- 
curs explaining the difference 
between the . so called "black 
out" and "red-out". 

Physical Phenomenon 

"Black-out" is the effect 
caused by the blood caid oth- 
er body fluids rushing from 
the "head toward the seat". 
It usually occurs when pilots 
are doing tight turns or 
pulling out of greatly accel- 
erated dives. However, in do- 
ing an outside loop, or in a 
push down maneuver, the pro- 
cedure is reversed. Then the 
blood rushes to the head and 
the vision becomes entirely 
red. During the period in 
which a pilot is in a "red- 
out" he has the very disa- 
greeable sensation that his 
skull is expanding and his 
eyes are protruding. 

"It isn't the fall that hurts, 
it's the sudden stop!" This is 
no longer a gag — it is a sci- 
entific fact. In the fast pur- 
suit ships of today, if a flyer 
tried to complete tight man- 
euvers, such as those done in 
a 200 horse-power stunt ship, 
he would "black-out" at every 
turn. Naturally there is no 
limit to speed, but there is 
a limit to the punishment that 
the human body can take. 

Destruction Dives 

Just what is this punish- 
ment we speak of? We will 
try and explain just what 
happens when you put a ship 
into an 8 — G dive. 

Say for example, you start 
your dive at 20,000 ft. The 

moment you push the controls 
forward and the nose drops 
down, you will go into a "red- 
out". Half way through your 
dive your anatomy "catches 
up with itself" and your brain 
and vision will clear. You are 
now traveling at a speed of 
350 miles per hour. As you 
pull the stick back into your 
stomach, and the plane begins 
to pull out of the dive, cen- 
trifugal force takes over. You 
do not "black-out" at this 
point. As the plane starts to 
climb and acceleration takes 
place you will go through a 
series of six steps. 

First your vision will be- 
come blurred, then every- 
thing about you takes on a 
gray appearance. At this mo- 
ment the actual black-out 
takes place. You will come 
out of the black out into the 
greying mist, but your brain 
and vision will clear rapidly 
from then on. As you level 
the ship off there is the pos- 
sibility you may again "red- 

No Remedy As Yet 

Are there any ways of 
counteracting these sensa- 
tions? By lowering or rais- 
ing the seat, the pilot can 
assume a crouching position 
and by screaming can lessen 
the discomfort. Designers 
have talked of having a pilot 
lie head first in a prone posi- 
tion, but to date such a ship 
has not been tested. 


The Church Services this 
Sunday will be held as fol- 
lows: Catholic Services in St. 
Bridgid's Church, 0830, in 
Amherst; tJFie Protestant Ser- 
vices at 0845 in Memorial 
Hall ; the Jewish Services in 
Memorial Hall at 1000. 




Ray Kramer. 

Blood, sweat and tears. 
Those immortal words of 
Winston Churchill, will re- 
echo over the rolling greens 
of Mass. State when the inter- 
squadron athletic program 
actually goes into effect this 
coming Tuesday evening. 

On various parts of the 
athletic field, softball, basket- 
ball, volley ball, and horse 
shoe pitching will be found. 
For those who prefer a less 
active sport, ping pong tour- 
naments ^vill be arranged in 
the various halls. 

Two squadrons will tackle 
each other on the softball 
diamond. Each team will have 
10 men to represent their var- 
ious squadrons. If the old sun 
sticks around long enough, 
the game will go the regula- 
tion nine innings. Otherwise 
the team that is winning at 
the end of the last full inning 
of play will be the victor. 

For four ten minute quar- 
ters 10 men (5 on each side) 
will battle on the basketball 
court And from some of the 
reports the men will do jus- 
tice to the game that was 
organized just twenty miles 
from this campus. 

The volley ball teams will 
consist of the usual_six men. 
Each squadron will have two 
complete teams to put on the 
field. The matched teams will 
play three game series, the 
victors needing to be on the 
long end of the scoring in two 

For the midget Fred Per- 
ry's and Don Budge's, inter- 
squadron ping pong will have 
its place. The match will con- 

sist of three single and two 
double games. Five future A- 
merican tennis champs will 
make up each squadron team. 

Five strong arm men, sharp 
and keen of eye, will be hon- 
ored at the horse shoe ring. 
Series will run just as they 
will in ping pong. 

Some time before Tuesday, 
Lt. Miller, who has spared 
neither time nor effort in or- 
ganizing this program, will 
publish a printed schedule. 
This schedule will give all the 
data concerning the time, 
and awards. 

But wait, don't any of you 
Eager Beavers become con- 
fused by the new program. It 
is not to be mistaken with 
release from quarters. You 
men asked for this athletic 
activity in order to gain re- 
lief from the academic sched- 
ule. Let's not abuse this pri- 
vilege that has just been 
granted to us. If and when 
any person on this post takes 
advantage of this privilege, it 
will be difinitely and imme- 
diately taken away. 

Incidently no man with 
tours will be allowed to parti- 
cipate in any of the activities. 
This however will not be ret- 

Let's get behind this new 
inter-squadron rivalry and 
compete in one of the five 
sports. If you don't feel up 
to it after your daily torture 
(pardon me) — Phys. Ed. pro- 
gram, at least come out and 
give your squadron moral sup- 
port — together with an oc- 
casional Bronx cheer for the 
opposition. See you Tuesday 
out at the bowl. 


Lt. Kelly 

Lieut. Edmund J. Kelly was 
born June 8, 1916 at Corona, 
Long Island where he resided 
until two years ago. He was 
graduated from St. Agnes A- 
cademy, College Point, Long 
Island in June 1933. Between 
the years 1934-38 he attended 
evening session at Fordham 
University, graduating with 
a degree of Bachelor of Sci- 
ence in Education in June of 

Upon graduation from St. 
Agnes Academy, Lt. Kelly 
began to work for the Am- 
erican Telephone and tele- 
graph Co. at the largest tele- 
phone exchange in the world 
at No. 32 Sixth Ave. New 
York City. He continued with 
this company until enlisting 
in the Army in August of 
1942 as a Volunteer Officer 

Lt. Kelly was inducted in- 
to the Army at Fort Jay, 
Governors Island, and was 
processed at Camp Upton, N. 
Y. Though enlisting in the 
Signal Corps, he soon learn- 
ed that his destination was 
St. Petersburg, Florida as a 
member of the air corps. He 
spent one week in St. Peters- 
burg and the following three 
months in the Belleview-Bilt- 
more Hotel in Clearwater 
where he was assigned the 
job of managing the newly 
founded War-Department the- 

In December 1942, Lt. Kelly 
entered Officer's Candidate 
School and graduated in 
March 1943. While at O.C.S. 
he was a classmate of Lt. 
Miller, also of this post, and 
they have been together since 
that time. 

Lt. Kelly was married in 
April 1941 to Miss Dorothy 
Jacob. They have one daugh- 
ter born in April of this year. 

Instruments Needed 

Under the latest plans set 
forth concerning the 58th C. 
T.D. band, a program of ex- 
pansion has been announced. 
In line with this procedure, 
an earnest request is sent 
forth for the contribution of 
instruments for the new men. 
Many instruments are desir- 
ed, but drums, trombones, and 
a saxaphone are most urgent- 
ly needed. Anyone desiring to 
contribute these instruments 
for the duration, or even for a 
short time, may contact Band 
Commander, Ernest Drew, at 
208 Thatcher. You may rest 
assured that the instruments 
will be returned in first class 
condition. The band reaches 
new heights with each per- 
formance, and aid that may 
be given will be deeply and 
gratefully appreciated. 

At The Airport 

Order of the day: From 
now on, all cows will be known 
as "Knizeski's Chickens'^ 
"Did you pass an eye-test to 
get into the air corps, John ?" 

In his thesis on a check 
ride. Hank Kowalski, carried 
away by the scenery, wrote 
six-hundred words on the 
Conn, valley and never once 
mentioned flying. 

Ted Hicks, E quintile's new 
speed-demon, finished the ten 
hour instruction period in six 
days. Now he's crying for a 

Joe Carraher, not content 
with wrecking his plane while 
practicing landings, had to 
poke his fist thru the strong 
(?) fabric of his ship. Ten 
dollars, please . . . 

Smiling Hil Leahy just 
loves to play around with the 
high tension wires that border 
the field, but when he tried to 
land on them the instructor 
decided that he was going a 
bit too far. 


'<!h %e ecckfd' 

By Leonard Samuels 

The Eager Beavers are on the ball. 

A|S Pratt at last Saturday nights dance was seen shining 

his belt buckle with his girl-friends dress AjS 

Trabulsi with a Squadron of three men shouting at the 
top of his lungs, "You're looking good men." 

And of course the new detachment officers are setting- 
records for gigging. In fact, they gigged so many people 
last week that when the Lieutenant was making up the 
tour list he found a slip gigging Sgt. Brown. 

AjS Cohen, who is feeling "tourable" at present, was walk- 
ing last Saturday when Lt. Kelly happened by during the 
ten minute rest period and asked, "How would you like to 
play a game of ping pong?" Cohen replied, "For how many 
tours, sir?" 

After waiting in line for thirty minutes I finally got a 
telephone booth and as I was about to dial my number, a 
jeep in the next booth began to shout, "I can't hear, I can't 
hear." The operator then replied, "Soldier, you've been cut 
off." "I know", he said, "but that shouldn't affect my 

Flash! Did you notice Sq. D after winning retreat last 
Friday, buck their way down to the chow hall last Sunday 
evening through a thunder shower. 

Let me tell you one thing about G.I. overcoats; they don't 
keep the rain out, they just strain it! ! ! ! 

Time out ! I've got a headache and I must take a G.I. pill. 
You know what that is : The Army Mickey Finn. 

Pfc. Abbott's beautiful wife arrived in town last Saturday 
night to celebrate their happy marriage of two months. 
So what?? 

SISgt. Virelle is streamlining his office. You know, you 
walk in, push a button and a seat comes out; push another 
button and a desk comes out; push the Sergeant and he'll 
knock your teeth out ! 

While sitting in the recreation room writing a letter, 
AS Ryan walked over and asked, "Who are you writing to?" 
I replied "I'm writing to myself". He said, "well what does 
it say?" "How do I know, I won't receive it till tomorrow." 

It seems that one of the men was still hungry after chow 
and started to eat grass in front of the dining hall. 
I went to the Chef and told him one of the men was hungry 
and was eating grass in front of the building. He replied, 
"let him go in the back — the grass grows taller." 

To be able to write this column one must suffer, not me — 

AjS Kearns, who expects his parents to visit him this 
week, called up one of the hotels and asked, "What are your 
rates"? The jerk (pardon me I mean clerk) said, "It's §5.00 
for a room and a bath; $3. for a room with a shower; $2. 
for a room with a sink." Kearns replied, "How much is it 
for a room and a sponge. ?" 

AjS Muise, walking through the halls, yelHng, "Who's the 
crook that stole my typewriter?" One soldier hollered, "We're 
not exactly crooks but we find things before they're lost." 



, Slender, easy-going Stu- 
dent Major Ted Golobay is 
Group 1 commander. He hails 
from way out in the wide 
open spaces of Wyoming 
where he learned bronco- 
busting, riding and hunting. 
When Ted arrived at the 58th 
lie was not new to the ways 
of Army life for he is already 
a veteran of twenty months 
of service having been sta- 
tioned at March Field with 
the 69th Observation Group 
before being appointed an A- 
viation Cadet. After a brief 
stay at Atlantic City he was 
sent to the 58th C.T.D. Ted's 
past experience makes him 
invaluable to the new men 
who are just "catching on to 
the ropes." Major Ted is mar- 
ried and has a very charming 
wife who is also fond of rid- 
ing and hunting but who, a- 
bove all, is quite enthusiastic 
about her husband's flying. 
Ted hopes to become a "rhu- 
barb" pilot and test his wings 
in a P-38. 

On The Beam 

A memorandum has been 
received b y headquarters 
from the F.T.C. Hq. at Fort 
Worth, Texas, which points 
out that the existence of a 
class system, which will in 
any way be conductive to the 
practice of hazing is strictly 

As has been pointed out 
in previous issues of TAKE 
OFF, hazing has never been 
allowed here, and, in the light 
of this, we feel justified in 
our pride in the fact that the 
58th C.T.D. has been "on the 
beam" in this respect. 

Check FUght 

Continued from Page 1 

relief at actually getting 
through these intricate move- 
ments, you continue by doing 
the drift eight and parachute 
eight. All traces of tense- 
ness leave you as you do 
climbing turns to 1500 ft. At 
this altitude you run through 
another series of turns and 
then climb on to 2700 ft. 
Taking a deep breath you 
sand the ship into a stall and 
then into a spin. This is by 
far the most interesting and 
exciting sequence. Once 
through this, you start glid- 
ing turns down to 600 ft. 
Heading for the airport you 
will strive to perform the var- 
ious coordination exercises. 

After a perfect landing, you 
turn anxiously to the instruc- 
tor for his verbal report on 
your flight. If he smiles and 
says, "You gave me a sweet 
ride", you leave for the bar- 
racks happy. If not .... well ! 

Sing Soldiers 

Special Service Officer, Lt. 
George Miller in a statement 
to "Take Off" this week en- 
thusiastically supported the 
formation of a tuneful octet 
of "gentleman songsters" for 
the 58th Detachment and al- 
ready action has been taken 
to organize eight top-flight 
singing-soldiers. Any aviation 
student interested in singing 
in an octet should leave his 
name and room number with 
the Charge of Quarters in 
Thatcher Hall on Monday or 
Tuesday of next week. 

The octet which, as yet, has 
neither name nor personnel. 
should be under way by the 
end of next week and before 
many days serenading friend- 
ly Smith girls on the week- 
ends and singing eagerly for 
iBeaver meetings. 


Take ^ 




Vol. 1 No. 16 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JULY 3, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Independence... Field Day InP.T. 

"In 1776, Americans fought with 
muskets. Today, they fight with 
machine guns, aerial bombs, and 
heavy artillery. 

"But that is the only difference. 
The things they are figliting for 
have not changed. The same free- 
dom; the same independence — 
the same life, liberty and the pur- 
suit of happiness are just as im- 
portant, in just the same way, as 
they were in 1776. And, too, the 
same personal courage and sacri- 
fice are demanded to preserve our 
heritages of national honor. 

"Independence is not only a 
word. Independence is the trans- 
lation of a word — its translation 
into the lives of millions of people 
who for 167 years have been will- 
ing to fight, and to die if neces- 
sary, that their way of life may 
be perpetuated. 

"The Army Air Forces Plying 
Training Command has been del- 
egated the serious responsibility 
of helping prepare America's 
young men to fight with skill and 
understanding in the best tradi- 
tion of their forefathers. Our task 
as an agency of war is a serious 
one. We are the keystone of the 
greatest Air Force in history. We 
must adequately train the men who 
will use this nation's principal wea- 
pon in democracy's greatest hour 
of peril. 

"Ours is a grave responsibility; 
one which deserves the last ounce 
.;9f effort. I feel that July 4, 1943, 
is a fitting occasion for me to 
congratulate all members of this 
Command on the splendid manner 
'in which they are remembering the 
tenets set forth in this nation's 
Declaration of Independence. You 
are 'remembering' by 'doing' and 
that is in keeping with your heri- 

"I feel certain that we shall 
allow no obstacles to come be- 
tween us and the attainment of 
our objective./ To that end, each 
of us today should re-dedicate our- 
selves and all our energies to vic- 
tory — victory in the pattern of 

Major General Barton K. Yount 

The Physical Education Dept. is 
trying out a new plan in which 
the Saturday P.T. classes will be 
a'ternated. One week they will 
have cross country running while 
another week, a field day will be 
held. If there is sufficient interest 
as well as cooperation on the part 
of the men, this program will be 
continued. The various sports play- 
ed include; Softball, Gill ball, vol- 
ley ball, basketball, and relays. The 
relays will cover one half mile, 
one mile, and two mile distances. 
Individual competition will be fur- 
nished in a quarter and one mile 
run. The competition will be be- 
tween the individual squadrons in 
each of the Physical Training 

Father To Son 

(Editor's note: The following 
letter was received by a member 
of this detachment from his father 
who is stationed in England with 
the Air Forces. Immediately after 
the letter was posted the sender 
I took part in the June 22nd raid 
on Friedrichshafen and shot down 
two enemy aircraft. He returned 
Dear Son: 

Although you have failed to 
write me, as usual, I am sending 
you these few lines, since I am 
reaching the climax of my military 
life, while you are just beginning 
yours. There is nothing you vidll 
ever do, that will give you as 
much satisfaction, inner satisfac- 
tion, than to do your bit for your 
country. So do it well! 

I've done the things in this 
v/orld that I've most wanted to 
do, and hope you will have the 
like privilege. There is nothing 
half so good. 

Remembei', never take "no" for 
a final answer and you will get 



Marines Graduate 

On Monday, June 28th, the Mar- 
ine Detachment at Mt. Holyoke 
College held an impressive cere- 
mony, at which Commissions in the 
United States Marines Corps, were 
given to the women completing 
their training. Among the high 
ranking officers present were Brig. 
General Rockey of the U.S.M.C, 
Colonel H. T. Aplington, U.S.A., 
Major Streeter, U.S.M.C, Major 
Hearst, comnianding officer of the 
Women Marine Detachment at Mt. 
Holyoke, and Captain D. W. Couri, 

Precision Drill 

In connection with the grad- 
uation ceremony, the Marines held 
a parade and drill for the review- 
ing officiers. The rhythm, cadence, 
execution of commands, and pre- 
cision was amazing to behold. Ever 
desirous for improvement, the 
members of this post have spared 
neither time nor . discomfort to 
attain perfection. Several units 
have volunteered to drill from four 
to six hours during the long hot 
days of the past few weeks in 
order to reach this peak. This 
should quell the complaints that 
are frequently heard at the 58th, 
when the "scramble" to drill for- 
mations echoes in the barracks. 

Inspection of Quarters 

Also an inspection of the bar- 
racks was on the program. It 
was the first time that the visit- 
ing officers had inspected the bar- 
racks of a Women's Detachment 
in the Armed Forces. It was a 
thrilling sight to enter a room 
containing from four to eight Mar- 
ines, to see them standing at rigid 
attention, and to note the perfect 
order throughout the quarters. 

In short, the reviewing officers 
were filled with amazement and 
pride to know that the Marine 
Corps, always an outstanding 
branch of the Armed Services, was 
represented by so fine, so capable, 
and so military a group of women. 

Marines at Mt. Holyoke, we sal- 
ute you! 

Open House Held 
At58thC. T.D. 

To commemorate Independence 
Day, Sunday, in accordance with 
a bulletin issued from Southeast 
Headquarters, the Aviation Stu- 
dents of the 58th C.T.D. will en- 
tertain their families and friends 
at Open House. This will be the 
first opportunity for the men at 
Mass. State to receive guests into 
the inner sanctums, and have them 
inspect the barracks, dining hall, 
and other points of interest about 
the post. 

Drive For Recruits 

Throughout the country at this 
time, there is an intensive, drive 
for enlistments of young men be- 
twen the ages of 17 and 18 years 
in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as 
potential Aviation Cadets. These 
men will be called into the anny 
upon reaching their eighteenth 
birthday. This Open House pro- 
gram will enable all men interested 
in this field, to personally inspect 
the quai'ters, and acquaint them- 
selves with the life of an Avia- 
tion Student. 

Inspection Of Barracks 

The quarters in Thatcher, Lewis 
and the Abbey will be open from 
revei le until retreat on Sunday 
for inspection purposes. Groups of 
from ten to twelve will be taken 
thoroughly. Also the Dining Hall 
and the rooms will be examined 
throughly. Also the Dining Hall 
will be another stop on the in- 
spection program, as will the va- 
rious athletic facilities of the Post. 

Dress Parade 

Week end passes vidll terminate 
at 1400 Sunday, as will open post 
privilege. At 14:30 there will be a 
formation, .followed by parade and 
i-eview for all guests. The latter 
will be held as usual in the Bowl. 
This is one of the most impressive 
ceremonies in the awny, and in 
the presence of so many friends, 
an added incentive will be present 
Continmii on P.ige ^ 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan- — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Herb Oilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash — Technical Editor 

Bill Kearns — News Editor 

Raymond Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Leonard Samuels Ben Katz Bob Glassman 

Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 

Reviewing a book recentlj' in the New York Times, John Chamberlain 
used the following phrase: "the boys and girls who came of age after 
1929 have never known anything except depression and war". We 
are these "boys". We're "the boys" that saw the "depression", and 
"the war" is in our laps raising hell. We've got it and we'll win it — 
no matter what happens we'll win it because, primarily, there is no 
other road but one of absolute victory that will lead to a free way 
of life. 

Well, we've had one depression and we've got a war and since 
our grandfathers told us that things come in threes we will inevitably 
have another problem in forming a workable post-war world. Pri- 
marily, then let's fight this war and, secondarily, let's think a little 
about what we want in a post war woi-ld.. Briefly, soldiers, let's not 
lose touch with the problems that will confront us after the war. We 
must believe deeply that there are no problems of government that lucid, 
strong minds cannot eventually work out. Yes, we will have known all 
three major ills of society: a major depression, a war, and a recon- 
struction period. From all this we shall emerge victorious but let's 
not forget the fundamentals of thinking and working. 

If all the I'ules of living were compiled into a "best seller" for the 
month of July, there would be one aspect of the rules that would 
appear in every chapter and on every page — competition between 
men and man's struggle for existence. The book would be a commentary 
on his competition with nature and with other men, and the moral 
of our "best seller" would obviously be to learn to compete well. Es- 
pecially since this is a wai» book the greatest emphasis would be 
put on the fact that we're actively engaged in a tremendous com- 
petition with the stakes incredibly high. It's a game "for keeps". 

Competition is stimulating and it's beginning to be felt in the 58th 
C.T.D. True, it's, only a "preparatory" competition, but it is a vital 
part of ti-aining. Competition keeps us "on the beam" here as it will 
elsewhere. There will be more now that it will be easier 'to 
see the superiority of one squadron over another in athletic games 
on the drill field. There's a difference in the drilling. There's a dif- 
ference in the singing. Watch it, soldier! Things are looking up for 
Squadron . . . ? 


Lt. Miller 

Let's be men. 

War is not a game for boys, 
and after all — we are at war. Don't 
think because you see nothing of 
the blood and thunder of battle 
that you are insignificant and that 
you can shirk the i-esponsibilities 
of a man in the armed forces. 
This training may irk many of 
you who are anxious to fly and 
contribute personally to the forth- 
coming victory, but it has a def- 
inite purpose. Let's utilize it to 
the utmost. 

The academic subjects I will 
leave to Dr. Van Meter and his 
very competent faculty. It is the 
military training, physical condi- 
tioning, and mental attitude in 
which I am primarily interested. 

Let's make up our minds, men, 
that we are soldiers; that we have 
begun a very stiff training pro- 
gram for one of the armies most 
coveted jobs. After stiff physical 
and menial examinations you have 
been collected from all parts of 
the USA to train for your part in 
the AAF; that of an officer and 

It will not be an easy schedule 
to maintain, unless, and until you 
make up your minds, you are men. 

I will advise you the same way 
a football coach would address his 
team prior to an important game. 
"Hit tlie line hard". There are no 
feints or side steps in this game; 
from now on it is all straight for- 
ward. The goal is far away, and 
nothing but determination will ev- 
er get you across the line. 

Know what is expected of you, 
and do it. Know also the things 
you can no longer do, and remove 
temptations from your mind. 

"Life is what you make it". 
Your choice in army life is to be- 
come an aviation cadet and pilot. 
Let's make it a success. America 
is depending on you. 

Don't mistake this for a plea, 
men. It is a challenge. The best 
of luck. 

Marines Invite Band 

Last Monday, June 28th, the 
abilities of the 58th C.T.D. wei-e 
recognized when the Band was 
invited to play at the review held 
at the Mt. Holyoke training sta- 
tion for the Woman Marines. Band 
Commander Ernie Drew and Drum 
Major Glenn Warren as well as 
every member of the group worked 

Lt. Miller 

Way back in 1910 A.D. and less 
than two miles away from the 
Washington monument in the Cap- 
itol City, George Miller started 
counting cadence. The Miller's liked 
the idea of boys and consequently 
Lt. Miller has one older brother 
and one younger brother. 

Lt. Miller attended school in 
Washington and soon began to 
make his name in sports. On the 
track, he stands up to the top-notch 
runners with a 9.9 100 yard dash 
to his track credit. He is also very 
proficient at the high jump and 
played in the backfield of his 
football team in high school using 
his outstanding speed to carry 
the old pigskin. 

Afte> two years of high school 
Lt. Miller got tired of studying 
and was anxious to get to work. 
He became an apprentice engi-aver 
and a machinist. When the war 
came Lt. Miller was a toolmaker, 
a die cutter and section foreman 
of the plant in which he was em- 

Although he had a family to 
support and a probable exemption 
from the draft, the Lieutenant 
joined the army in April of 1942 
as a Volunteer Officer Candidate. 
By the 9th of September he was 
in St. Petersburg, Florida for class- 
ification. Moving along quickly he 
was in Clearwater, Florida by the 
15th of September whei'e he re- 
ceived seven days of basic traifiing 
and was made Acting Corporal 
Drill Instructor. 

From Basic Training, Lt. Miller 
entered O.CS. in Miami Beach 
which he .completed in one day 
short of six months. From O.CS. 
he was assigned to the South East 
Flying Training command and ar- 
rived here at Amherst on March 10 
via Maxwell Field, Ala. 

When the war is over Lt. Miller 
hopes to retain his commission 
and remain in the army as a ca- 
reer. "I like it" he stated. 

hard to make such a fine showing 
at Mt. Holyoke. The ceremony was 
very impressive and the .Band cer- 
tainly did justice to their already 
excellent reputation by adding to 
the military atmosphei'e created by 
the units of Woman Marines and 
Waves who were graduated as 
Commissioned Officers the next 
day. From the front-line trombones 
to Samuel's bass drum every man 
deserves a great deal of credit 
for the time he has given and the 
work he has done to perfect such 
(in organization as now represents 
the 58th C.T.D. 



Ray Kramer. 

The results in the competition 
between the various squadrons for 
the first week of the new inter- 
squadron rivalry are in and have 
been tabulated. On the one hand 
much enthusiasm has been shown 
by the competing teams; not only 
those actually participating, but 
also the loyal men cheering their 
favorites on to victory, was an en- 
couraging sight. It would seem 
that everyone at the bowl thorough- 
ly enjoyed these two recreational 
periods. A big step has been taken 
in the right direction towards build- 
ing up a squadron spirit and squad- 
ron rivalry, which, at times, has 
been lacking. 

On the other hand, the coopera- 
tion between the leaders of the 
teams has left much to be desired. 
It is to be understood henceforth 
that the squadron drawing a bye 
on a particular evening, will fur- 
nish referees and officials for all 
events. Box scores and carefully 
kept records are to be handed in 
to the Take Off office— 110 That- 
cher, after each contest so that 
final results may be tabulated, and 
an accurate file may be kept on 
each squadron. 

Lt. Miller was disappointed in 
the manner in which the men hand- 
led the organizational end of the 
competition; improvement must be 
made. Remember, it is essential 
that your entire cooperation be 
given. We are enjoying a privilege 
which will last only as long as 
we desrve it. Any abuse will cause 
its immediate termination. Let's 
get behind Lt. Miller and show our 
appreciation for his tireless ef- 
foi-ts in our behalf. 

Tuesday's Results: 
R H E 
Squadron B 1 2 
Squadron D 9 7 2 
Squadron A 5 7 3 
Squadron E 12 9 1 

Squadron A 30 
Squadron E 28 
Squadron B 37 
Squadron D 29 

Ping Pong: 
E won 3 singles, 2 doubles 
A won singles, doubles 

Volley Ball: 
Squadron B 16 15 15 
Squadron D 14 4 7 
Squadi-on E 
Squadi-on A 1 1 1 

Horse Shoes: 
Squadron E 2 doubles, 3 singles 
Squadron A doubles, singles 

Thursday's Results: 

R H E 

Squadron A 1 7 , 

Squadron C 1 7 called in 8th 

Squadron B 6 11 
Squadron E 4 9 1 

Squadron A 37 
Squadron C 24 
Squadron E 32 
Squadron B 29 

Horseshoes : 
Squadron A 1 doubles, 1 singles 
Squadron C 2 doubles, 3 singles 

Ping Pong: 
Squadron E won 5 
Squadron B won 

Volley Ball: 
Squadron B 15 15 15 
Squadron E 2 3 5 

Intersquadron Schedule 
Data A B CD E 

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Next week full box scores will 
be recorded for the ball games, 
plus individual honors in the ping 
pong matches and horse shoe com- 
petition. Also a list of batting 
averages will be compiled, and will 
be kept up to date weekly as the 
season progresses. 


The "Detachment fund" is just 
what the name implies. A Fund 
of all monies either donated or 
earned, to be used for the welfare 
of the Detachment. By money do- 
nated, I mean gifts from individ- 
uals or corporations. Money earned 
includes money paid by corpora- 
tions or individuals for conces- 
sions on the post, such as funds 
from the operation of telephones, 
barber shop, tailor shop, etc. I 
might add that on this post we 
receive no remuneration from any 
of the above mentioned conces- 

All money received, either in 
donations or earned income, are 
depositd in a bank under an ac- 
count known as "The Detachment 
Fund". This money can be with- 
drawn from the bank, only by the 
Commanding Officer of the Post. 
The C. O. can draw the money 
only in check form and must use 
it for the interest of the whole 
detachment. He must keep a jour- 
nal with complete entries of all 
transactions, including signed re- 
ceipts and cancelled checks. These 
records are audited monthly. Fur- 
thermore, they must be held ready 
at all times for audit by the In- 
spector Generals Department. The 
Inspector General not only audits 
the fund, but he also checks the 
expenditures to make certain they 
comply with Army regulations, 
governing' all such' funds. 

As I mentioned above, the "fund" 
must be used for the betterment 
of the detachment as a whole. It 
can be used for various and sun- 
dry things, such as entertainment, 
publishing of a detachment paper, 
buying equipment for the Day 
Room, etc. Equipment might in- 
clude, billiard tables, radios, phono- 
graph records and games. If in 
time it is decided to sell any of 
the above mentioned equipment 
the money from the sale must be 
returnd to the "fund" itself. Thus 
it is the Squadron Fund that sup- 
plies the extras that we enjoy 
here at Mass. State. 

^ ♦ « » 

Post Movies 

Tonite for those men who de- 
sire to remain on Post, the U.S.O. 
has anKounced that the regular 
weekly movie will be "Priorities 
on Parade". As in the past, this 
week's movie will be shown in 
the recreation room of Thatcher 
Hall at the usual time. 

Open House 

Continued from Page 1 
for each and every aviation student 
to outdo himself. 

July 4th, 1943 
Open House is definitely an hon- 
or and privilege, and particularly 
so on this historic day. July 4th, 
1943 again finds our nation at war; 
this time as always in the past, 
our armed forces are on the of- 
fense. The end may still be far, 
but every day finds a new step 
towards that goal. This is our 
opportunity to aid in the drive 
for future aviation cadets. New 
men will be needed to carry the 
final blows of destruction to the 
enemy on every front. We can 
aid in this drive by illustrating to 
all those who are interested, the 
benefits of the physical and intel- 
lectual ti-aining we are receiving 
as Aviation Students. Thus, there 
will be a combination of both bus- 
iness and pleasure on a July 4th, 
which all of us will long remem- 

Did You Know: 

That Harry Berkowitz was one 
of "New York's Finest"? 

That Fred Murray is a former 
semi-pro pigskin toter? 

That Dale Brooks was a golf 

That Ray Chaffee managed and 
promoted the Loch Haven Ski Re- 
sort at Meridith, New Hampshire? 

That John Bores was a mid- 
shipman in the Maritime service? 

That William Baird captured the 
Reath Memorial Squash Trophy 
at Princeton University ? 

That Allan Kane was president 
of student government at the U- 
niversity of Pennsylvania ? 

That Steve King of the Univ. 
of New Hampshire was Valedictor- 
ian of his class? : 

That Joe Collins Jr. was ah 
ablebodied seaman for five years ? 

That "Salty" Parker was fortu- 
nate enough to be rescued from 
the sinkings of the Lexington and 
West Virginia? 



The Church Services this Sun- 
day will be held as follows: Cath- 
olic Services in St. Brigid's Church, 
0830, in Amherst; the Protestant 
Services at 0845 in Memorial Hall; 
the Jewish Services in Memorial 
Hall at 1000. 


'0n Ike ecckfii' 

By Leonard Samuels 

Slam bang and Captain Couri smashes an indoor baseball into the 
pitcher's box. P. S. He made a home run. Was it a request or an order. 

Lt, Miller showed up many a young lad by doing the high jump. 
Yes, sir, he flies through the air with the greatest of ease. 

Lt. Kelly pitched in with the men and slapped out a few line drives 
off the serves of that amateur night sensation, AjS Cohen, with the 
loud voice. Anyone resembling Cohen and is living, is better off dead. 

And then there was our S|Sgt. (Superman) Virelle, who ran the 
100 yard dash and came in third. (Only three men ran.) He also pole 
vaulted 4'6", breaking the world's midget record. 

AjS Young who was born and raised in Pittsburg, first saw the 
light of day when he came to Amherst. 

AtS Samuels (that's me) wearing my G. I. uniform six sizes too 
big, and looking like a broken crutch, passed one of the officers. He 
was all dressed up in his Parade best, and as we passed, called after 
me, "Didn't you see my uniform, when you passed?" "Sure," I said, 
"but what are you kicking about? Look what they gave me?" (Not 
even an insignia.) 

AjS Robie, Rink and Ryan of Lewis Hall all come from the coast. 
(Coney Island) Handsome Baby Face Robie was also out in Holly- 
wood where he made a test. (His wassermann). Ryan was in the pic- 
ture— "The Way of All Flesh". He played the part of a meat ball. 

AjS (T.S) Zuckerberg will receive all his mail in the hospital 
due to a sprained ankle. 

AjS Wheeler (Wing Commander) doeisn't expect to live long. It 
seems that when he went to sign his flight card he saw th& Sgt. write 

AjS (Backwoods) Drew, captain of the band, is musically inclined. 
In fact, he used to be an arranger back in his home town Music Con- 
sei"vatory. He arranged the seats. 

AjS Holmes while in Medical Aid was tying a tourniquet on Ilof- 
meister's leg. He turned it so tight that "Hofie's" shoe turned colors. 

A|S David (look at the record) Farrell, perfumed and powdered, 
was seen clipping his eyebrows, with an electric razor the other p.m. 
... I had an uncle like that; now he's my aunt. 

Last Monday the band did a swell job playing for the Marines and 
yours truly wound up with six blisters from beating his drum. 

"Said the porcupine to the skunk 
Let's eat in this joint. 
You got a few scents, 
I got a few points. Yeh, I know. 

The Wavas are the girls who go down to the sea in shapes. 

Pfc. Smith, now tactical non-commissioned officer of Lewis, in his 
open Ford is raring and ready to step into the race of gigging. His 
car — one driver and four pushers. Everything makes noise but the 
car — one driver and four pushers. Everything makes noises but the 

AjS Hot Pilot Sonsenni will be here until next winter. I overheard 
the Lt. say it will be a cold day before we give that guy a pass. 

AjSRedman, befoi-e coming into the army, used to tilt pen ball 
machines. Two more hours and he would have had his master's degree. 

AjS "Doc" Hannan, yours truly's boss, has been in a daze the past 
three weeks, since that "Certain" girl wrote from Akron — "I cry 
myself to sleep thinking about you". Then she must suffer nightmares. 
(He' 1 gig me for this.) 


You would never know by look- 
ing at him that he had set the 
detachment record on the indoor 
obstacle course. But that's just 
what short, dark-haired Ralph Del- 
gado did when he sped over the 
course in 46 seconds — only one sec- 
ond off^ the college record. Inci- 
dentally, he also holds top honors 
with Charlie Ridenour in the P. 
F. R. with a scoi-e of 95. 

Ralph graduated from New 
Brunswick High School this year. 
There he earned his varsity letter 
for four years in track. He holds 
the school record in the pole vault, 
skimming the bar at 11 feet 9 
inches. Ralph's latest victory in 
competition was the Newark In- 
vitation Meet, where he finished 

Tremendously proud of his fa- 
ther, who joined the merchant ma- 
rine the same week Ralph en- 
tered the Air Corps, he spent ma- 
ny hours with him in his favorite 
hobby, rifle shooting. 
- He hopes that someday he will 
pilot a P-51. 

And They Call Them 
Modern Designs 


Curtiss pusher had tricycle land- 
ing gears. 


With the introduction of the 
Short Patent Fold'ng Wing De- 
vice, the airplane industry revo- 
lutionized the use of seaplanes by 
making it possible for craft of 
large dimensions to be carried on 
surface vessels. 

1914— 1!S 

Air cooled engines were put 
into use in the German Schutte- 
Lanz ■ single seat pusher. 

Bouton Paul produced the twin- 
engined Bourges fighter-bomber. 
Germany had a five-engined giant 
that had a wingspan of 136 feet 
and a loaded weight of 16 tons. 

Retractable undercarriages were 
first invented and used by James 
Martin Kitten. 


Beadmore produced the W.B. VI 
torpedo plane (who said new wea- 
pon?). Beadmore ailso had a twin 
tail boom for passengers in their 
W. B. VIII. (Appears strikingly 
like the P-38.) 

"That Dog"— 
The Lightning 

There was a time when "that 
dog" was a mild expression of 
popular opinion of the tvrin-en- 
gined design known as the P-38 
Lightning. But times have changed 
and now this supercharged plane 
is the terror of the African, Alas- 
kan, and Pacific theaters of war. 

Contrary to popular belief the 
Lightning is not a new ship. It 
was first tested four years ago 
when it broke the world's record 
by screaming across the United- 
States in seven hours and forty- 
five minutes. But many revisions 
had to be made before the P-38 
became one of our most effective 
all round fighting planes. 

No other plane has taken more 
criticism than the Lockheed P-38. 
Yet no plane has more thoroughly 
demonstrated how unfair and un- 
called for that criticism has been. 
For example, it is belittled as 
lacking sufficient firepower. But 
the P-38 has four .50 caliber ma- 
chine guns and one 20 mm. cannon 
grouped in the nose. With this set 
up the fighter pilot is able to put 
a bead right on the target and the 
firepower does not converge to- 
ward a point, but remains intact 
throughout the pattern. 

Another criticism of the P-38 
has been its alleged inability to 
perform on a single engine. But 
stories floating back from corfibat 
areas prove the statement to be 

Still another problem was the 
obvious impossibility of dual con- 
ti-ols in the close confines of this 
single-seater ship. But engineers of 
the Lockheed staff removd some 
of the equipment from the back 
end of the Lightning and installed 
a small seat. Thus a student pilot 
can now ride behind an instj-uctor 
and watch him fly. Later, the stu- 
dent flies while the check pilot 
leans over his shouldei-. 

The P-38 is 38 feet long and has 
a 52 foot wingspan. It is an all 
metal ship with differential ailer- 
ons. The top speed for this fighter 
is reported in excess of 400 miles 
per hour. Its' altitude also remains 
indefinite although it has perform- 
ed above 40,000 feet. 







Vol. 1 No. 17 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JULY 10, 1943 

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Co-eds Reaction 
To Marching Men 

By Irmane Scheunentan 

That the first Aviation Stu- 
dents of the 58th C.T.D. arrived 
on the M.S.C. Campus around the 
first of March is a well known 
fact, but the reactions and opin- 
ions of the co-eds to the invasion 
from that time to this is worth 
noting. The campus hadn't been 
the same all year because of the 
changes in activities caused by the 
war, so the arrival of the aviation 
students was just another thing 
that went along with the changes. 
Naturally, the first reaction of the 
girls was to be aloof but inwardly 
curious to see whether there were 
any cute ones or if there were a 
few tall ones. Great excitement 
prevailed in the dorms at the plea- 
sant prospect of having marching 
men, or even men, on campus. But 
the first morning when the girls 
were awakened bright and early 
by the blast of men singing on 
their way from barracks to "chow", 
they rolled over in their beds re- 
belling at the idea of singing every 

A|S's Are Accepted 

Before long, the girls became 
accustomed to the occasional whis- 
tles which greeted them from pass- 
ing formations, and the everlasting 
singing 'of "I've got Sixpence", or 
"I've Been Working on the Rail- 
road". (Needless to say, for the 
benefit of the later arrivals, the 
repertoire of the 58th has greatly 
increased since then and now one is 
more apt to hear about "The Air- 
man and the Coed".) 

As time went on, most of the 
girls started in with feminine tac- 
tics and the attack was on. Grad- 
ually the "eager beavers" became 
a part of campus life and every- 
one accepted their presence. At 
least the coeds learned something 
about army life since such terms as 
"squadron", "flight", "c.q.", "o.d.", 
and "chow" were tossed around. 
Also at first the guards placed 
around the campus were an in- 
Conlinued on Page 3 


Reviewing stand: (from left to right) Lt. Col. H. C. Hall, Lt. Col. F. 

, Seydel, Major S. H. Hall, Capt D. W. Couri, Capt. A. Stavely, Lt. C. K. 

Madison, Jr., Lt. G. D. Miller, Lt. E. J. Kelly. 

Adjutant Promoted 

Three silver bars were donned in 
Headquarters for the first time 
last week since Lt. Foran left for 
points west — the usual two for 
the Captain and one bright new 
one for Lt. Cristian K. Madison 
Jr. The Detachment's new First 
Lieutenant appeared in the new 
silver attire on Thursday to re- 
ceive the congratulations of the 
entire Detachment. 

Lt. Madison was born in Arling- 
ton, Mass. and attended Hunting- 
ton School in Boston and graduated 
from Bates College in 1939. Fol- 
lowing a years graduate work 
at Harvard, he became Scout Ex- 
ecutive of the Northwest District 
Chicago Council of Boy Scouts of 
America and made his home in 

On February 18, 1942 Lt. Mad- 
ison entered the army in Camp 
Grant and was sent to Sheppard 
Field, Texas after three days at 
Camp Grant. In April of 1942 he 
was sent to the New England 
Aircraft School in Boston and 
went before the O.C.S. board in 

Graduating from O.C.S. along 
with Clark Gable in October he 
was sent to Maxwell Field where 
he was later to become Air Cadet 
Scjuadron Commander of Squadron 
G Group 5. In July of 194-3 Lt. 
Madison was sent to Ti-oop Admin- 
istration School and then anived 
Continued on Page ^ 

S.O's. Wear Sabers 

In order that the men of the 
58th might more easily recognize 
their Student Officers, "Sam 
Browne" belts and sabers were 
issued and made their appearance 
at Review, Saturday. This new 
equipment fui'ther adds to the sol- 
emnity and impressiveness of Re- 
view Parade. 

Prior to the Open House Re- 
view, the Student Officers spent a 
grueling two hour instruction per- 
iod on the "apron" behind That- 
cher Hall, learning the proper 
technique for giving commands un- 
der such arms. TlSgt. Virelle was 
in charge of this instruction. 

The belts will be worn by these 
officers on the post at all times 
from Reveille to Taps. The sabers 
will be carried only at Retreat and 
Review Parades. 

Noncom's Promoted 

Our permanent party noncom 
staff have received well-deserved 

Heading the list, "Mother" Vir- 
elle is now a technical sergeant. 

Sergeant Britt, who handles the 
clerical work at the infirmary so 
capably, has received his first 
"rocker" and is now a staff ser- 

Popular Sergeant Bell, who 
keeps our post well stocked with 
supplies, as well as "details", is 
now a staff sergeant also. 

Pfc. Smith is now Corporal 

Open House 
Is Big Success 

The 58th C.T.D. opened the doors 
of its barracks and other housing 
facilities on Mass. State College 
campus to the general Public last 
Sunday, Independence Day, in con- 
junction with a nation wide re- 
cruiting drive for aviation cadets. 

The program started at three 
p.m. with a short concert by the 
detachment ban4 followed by a 
parade of the aviation students in 
the bowl. 

Following the parade Captain 
Dewey W. Couri, CO. of the 58th, 
welcomed the visitors and urged 
them to visit the detachment 

Lt. Edmund J. Kelly, Public Re- 
lations Officer, addressed those 
young men between the ages of 
17 and 26 inclusive, pointing out the 
advantages of enlistments, includ- 
ing the opportunity of selecting 
the Air Corps as their branch of 
service instead of being assigned 
to other branches upon induction. 

Capt. Couri introduced Capt. Ar- 
thur Stavely, of the first Service 
command, a Flying Fortress pilot, 
who has recently returned from 
duty overseas. Capt. Stavely en- 
tertained the visitors and aviation 
students with several stories of 
his exciting adventures on the war _ 

A number of interested youths 
received the desired information in 
rgard to enlisting in the Air Corps, 
at Memorial Hall. Lt. Kelly and 
Capt. Stavely answered all ques- 
tions and explained the required 
routine in filling out application 

Following the addresses, guides 
conducted visitors on tours of the 
Detachment's mess hall and bar- 
racks. A number of pleasantly 
surprised comments were elicited 
especially from the feminine visi- 
tors by the trim appearance of 
the Aviation Student's quarters. 

Smith, and is tactical non com for 
Lewis Hall. 

All have the heartiest congrat- 
ulations of the entire detachment. 



Combat Pilot 

A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Herb Oilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash — Technical Editor 

Arnold Kirstan — News Editor 

Raymond Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Leonard Samuels Ben Katz Bob Classman 

Owen Johnson 
Adviser — Lieutenant George Miller 


It is difficult to get a rich man to live again as a poor man. It's 
difficult to tell a brilliant man that there is a great deaP more that 
he must learn. It is most difficult of all to make a young man realize 
that he has a multitude of responsibilities which he must shoulder. 
He is very much like a child that is afraid to let go the side of his 
crib and stand alone. He has always known support not only for his 
material wants but he has never had to busy himself with the affairs 
of the day. Sometimes this is true even of older men who re- 
fuse to bother with the problems that face the society they live in. 

As Aviation- Students we are busy with the biggest headache of 
society — ^war. We are participating in an attempt to solve a problem 
of society by fighting. Let us hope that each Aviation student will 
carry this idea of solving a problem of society with him after the 
war is over. 

It has been said that "ideas precede accomplishment". May the idea 
of participation and facing the responsibilities of society be so in- 
grained in our hearts and minds that we will not rest until we have 
contributed to'society in a major way. 


There is one very important soldier in the army who won't be for- 
gotten, at least, by those men who had their basic training in Keesler 
Field, Miss. . . Forgive us, friends from Atlantic City and other train- 
ing points, if we pause here to pay tribute to Bastion — just Bastion, 
the guy that was in charge of the latrines, and latrine details, and 
philosopher extraordinaire. He was permanent party; as permanent as 
the Post and he really didn't mind a bit. 

Bastion chatted with everybody for he was keeper of the chambers 
from which all men must come and go, and speaking conservativsly, 
he must have been the author of a thousand latrinograms. 

We will remember Bastion not so much for his ceaseless chatter, 
his penny penalty per cuss word, to buy a picture of General Mac- 
Arthur, but because he had a master's touch for Making us laugh 
some of our toughest days away. Bastion will live agaii^ to fight another 
day — thank God. ) 

Captain Arthur Stavely address- 
ing an "open house" meeting on 
the Drill Field. Captain Stavely 
is a Flying Fortress Pilot and has 
just returned from the combat 
zone. Recently he was awarded 
the Air Medal for service rendered 
under hazardous combat conditions 
and is now connected with the 
First Service' Command in the 
Aviation Cadet Procurement Head- 


The time has come for another 
group of flights to leave for classi- 
fication. To these men we offer not 
only our congratulations upon their 
successful ..completition of their 
studies here, but our hope that 
they will continue on their way 
to the attainm&nt of that goal 
toward which we are all striving 
—"Silver Wings." 

We feel sure that the time spent 
here will be one of the most pleas- 
ant memories gained during their 
army careers and certainly a span 
that will never be forgotten. 

Once again, from the C. O. down 
to the lowest AjS, we wish these 
"hot pilots" God-speed and loads 
of luck. Let's hear from you as 
you progress. 


Church services for tomorrow 
will be the same as in the past. 
Catholic services at St. Brigid's 
at 0830. Protestant sei-vices at OS- 
45 *i Memorial Hall; Jewish ser- 
vices in Memorial hall at 100©. 

Detail Today 

It's eight o'clock, down by the 
abbey on any day of the week. 
In pairs and in threes strolling 
down from the walks of Thatcher 
and Lewis, come the men in green. 
Some hurrying (they're new to this 
game), some moving with hesitant 
step as they fear the ordeals of the 
day. All know in the back of their 
minds that they are about to enter 
upon another great adventure — 
Sgt. Bell has rounded up another 
group for detail. 

After discussing the latest la- 
trinograms from every angle, the 
conversation branches off in many 
directions. About this time the 
big Burma Road truck rolls into 
the yard, followed by more if its 
a long trip, alone if the day is to be 
an easy one. Sgt. Bell leaps lightly 
to the ground and the grind is 
on. First the supply room must 
be cleaned, checked, or supplies 
rearranged in piles. Then the de- 
tails of the day are outlined and 
the company is split into groups; 
each with its own specific job. Af- 
ter these matters are handled to 
the satisfaction of the eagle eyed 
foreman, the aforementioned Bell, 
the trucks are loaded, and wTieel 
out into the highway. 

And here the fun really begins. 
For you men uninitiated into this 
agony, let me give you the 
story. You're sitting on the iron 
floor of the truck, jouncing along 
from side t« side as the Sarge hits 
every bump and roll in the road. 
If you are not suffering this tor- 
ture, you're lying on top of a pile 
of blankets or laundry, dodging 
branches, praying that the heavy 
ten wheeler somehow will remain 
between the trees flanking the 
sides of the road. Finally, Brat- 
tleboro, Warren, Westover, or mere 
destination unknown, hoves into 
view. The truck is unloaded; you 
have a few spare minutes to enjoy 
a hurried cigarette, and it's off i 
again. There may be a loading or 
unloading job at every stop — el- 
ways something to look forward to 
at the next destination. 

On the homeward trip, the big 
wagon surpasses itself. The Sarge 
is usually a little late at this 
point, and is out to n»ake time, 
wherever it may be made. With a 
screeching of brakes the convoy 
pulls into the yard at the Abbey, 
and the final unloading process 
begins. With the end in sight, a 
new order is always waiting, for 
Continued on Page 3 



Bill Kearns 

The Inter-squadron sports pro- 
I'gram, now entering its third week 
has shifted into high and from 
here on it will be a fight to the 
finish. Several feuds reminescent 
of Terry's days with the Giants of 
old and the Dodgers across the 
river, have' sprung up and future 
battles in the bowl should stir up 
plenty of excitement. The current 
hot race betwen Squadrons D and 
B in the baseball competition 
shares the spotlight with the bas- 
ketball race between the same out- 
fits. Squadron B's volley-ball team 
has yet to bow in defeat; Squad- 
ron E's ping pong team has far 
outclassed the field. 

Individual performances have 
been spectacular at times. A|S's 
Polimeni and M. Smith of D form 
the outstanding battery to date, 
with Roach and Hutnek of B a 
close second. Dondaro at third for 
B has been brilliant, also Suther- 
land for D. Young, twirling for 
Sq. E. has been flashy on occa- 
sion, but has been bothered by 
poor support afield. Gary of Sq. A 
has turned in a dependable steady 
performance. Watch the infields 
of B and D. At present the teams 
are evenly matched, and the inner 
garden may settle the race in the 
coming week. 

The basketball games have large- 
ly centered around "fire depart- 
ment" ball with plenty of high 
scoring. A|S's Bob Creerie of A, 
Hunter and Heath of B, Kirstan 
and Meyers of G, Smith of D and 
Wai-ren of E have been the high 
scorers during the past week. 

Individual reports on volley ball, 
ping pong and horse shoes have 
not been tabulated at this time. 


Baseball Basketball Volleyball 

C. 2—8—2 35 3 

D. 6—6—0 31 e 

A. 1—5—4 40 

B. 15—16—1 51 3 


B. 8—9—1 68 2 

C. 4—6 — 4 44 1 

D. 6—6-2 26 1 

E. 4—7—4 27 2 

In a bulletin from headquarters, 
it was announced that the various 
points would be awarded winning 
tean»s as fallows: 

Baseball 50 

Basketball 50 

Volleyball 30 

(10 points each game) 
Ping pong 35 

(10 points for doubles — 5 for 

Horse shoes 35 

(10 points for doubles — 5 for 
All scores MUST be handed to 
the Take Off office on the night 
of the game not later than 2200. 
Cooperation in this matter is vital- 
ly necessary in order to keep the 
records tabulated to date. Failure 
to turn in reports will result in 
forfeiture of points by the winning 
team. A forfeit may cause a 
Squadron to lose in the pennant 
race, which is sure to be hotly 
contested every step of the way. 
"Get on the ball" in this respect. 
The above rules were set forth by 
Lt. Miller, officer in charge of the 
sports program. 

Point Standings as of July 10th. 
Sq. B. 450 

Sq. E. 255 

Sq. A. 200 

Sq. D. 175 

Sq. C. 105 

Another challenge has been given 
— the outcome remains in doubt. 
To settle for once and for all the 
superiority of Group I, Lt. Miller 
has challenged Lt. Kelly to a per- 
sonal mound duel at the bowl. The 
teams to be composed of Group I 
and Group II respectively with 
their tactical officers on the hill. 
This game will be the talk of the 
Post for days to come. 

♦ » » 

Detail Today 

Continued from Page 2 
one more sweeping of the supply 
hall, a collection of blankets a- 
round the post, the stacking of 
laundry in alphabetical order. Oh, 
there are untold duties i*nmanent 
in the mind of this unsatiable 

But there must be an end to 
everything. Finally, with a reluc- 
tant nod, after zealously searching 
for more work, the Sgt. dismisses 
his men. Once again weary bodies 
drag up the hill towards the bai-- 
racks. That day is over, but the 
effects will live on in the days to 


A few days ago while walking 
past Sergeant Virelle's office, I 
overheard some of you men being 
t|uestioned about "What you got 
out of your training here at Mass. 
State". Some of the answers were 
in the affirmative, but the major- 
ity were in the negative. This was 
disappointing to me. It seems to 
show not only a lack of foresight 
but a lack of appreciation for val- 
ues received. Nothing you have 
ever done has ever been wasted. 
Each new experience is something 
gained. Each new day brings more 
for each of you. 

You have studied Physics. Did 
you not learn that energy cannot 
be dissipated ? It changes form, 
but never expends itself. Your 
mind is but a battery which con- 
trols a certain amount of energy. 
Your instructors here have at- 
tempted to divert that energy a- 
long certain lines. In some of you 
they have accomplished their ob- 
jective. In all of you they have 
implanted an "idea". An idea is 
a foundation. It is enough to start 
each of you thinking. Thinking 
will in turn bring realization, then 
action. Action will be energy. The 
energy will be controlled by the 
mind and so the accomplished fact. 

This is the purpose of your 
course of instruction here. To lay 
the foundation for the work a- 
head. Each course finished is a 
step in the right direction. You 
aren't asked to pass your course 
with brilliant grades. You are ask- 
ed to be conscientious in your en- 

Study is a habit, an acquired 
habit. Some of you either never 
bothered to study in the past, or 
never had the opportunity. Here 
is your opportunity if only you 
have enough foresight to see it. 
Learn what you can while you are 
at the 5'8th, acquire the habit •f 
study and as you progress through 
your training other more impor- 
tant courses will be made easier. 
In time you will look back and see 
just what you received here in a 
different prospective. 

New 588's 

The 588's are a going organi- 
zation and before many days the 
Detachment will be serenaded by 
these precocious songsters. How- 
ever, the singers are always anx- 
ious to have new "talent" since 
the turnover is necessarily rapid. 

"If He Can Fight Like He Can 
Love" is now in rehearsal along 
with "My Sweet", "Jerusalem 
Morning", and "Ready When He 
Comes". Most of the songs being 
used by the 58th's newly formed 
singing club are taken from the 
"New Yale Songbook" and tradi- 
tional songs of the Yale Whiffen- 

For the benefit of prospective 
candidates, the 588's sing every 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
nights immediately after chow in 
Memorial Hall. Anybody interested 
in singing and perpetuating the 
songsters from class to class are 
especially asked to come over and 


Tonight, a dance for the under- 
graduates of Mass. State will be 
held at Butterfield House from 
2000 to 2400. Due to the new week- 
end regulations this should afford 
an excellent recreational oppor- 
tunity for the hundred aviation 
students who have been invited. 
Be sure you make proper arrange- 
ments if you desire to attend, 
as only the first hundred appli- 
cants will be eligible. The lists 
will be on the bulletin boards, or 
in the office of your respective 
tactical non-coms. 

Adjutant Promoted 

Continued from Page 1 
here in Amherst the following 

When asked what he planned to 
do after the war is over, he replied 
in a cryptic manner: "Let's get 
this thing over with first". 

Co-Eds Reaction To March 

Continued from Page 1 
teresting sidelight investigated by 
many curious coeds. 

Prom various views expressed, 
it was discovered that when new 
cadets arrived, they all looked alike 
to the girls, but as time went on 
they developed individual person- 
alities. Different opinions were 
that the fellows were — "gentleman- 
ly and nice", or "always 'goofing 
off ", or even that "they are jvist 
as interesting as the college fel- 
lows whose places they have tem- 
porarily taken". During regular 
school session, the student body 
accepted as natural the presence 
of the cadets at the various stu- 
dent performances. Since the cam- 
pus will not be normal until tke 
post-war period, all at the college 
have been grateful to the cadets 
for keeping the college "alive". 


'{!h %e Coclzfd', 

By Leonard Samuels 

AS "Poochie" Pratt was seen last Saturday night eating garlic 
with his girl friend. It is said that she has a IBair for the dramatic, 
and following her recitation of "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou?", 
he came in on the beam! (Pratt that, that.) 

I ate in the "Lord Jeff" the other night; it's really a high-class 
place. They have two waiters at each table! One gives you the check; 
the other revives you! 

Did you see A|S Ando walking around Shell-shocked? Somebody 
threw him a bag of peanuts! 

T|Sgt. Mama Virelle, whose popularity is at a high standard, is 
really on the ball with the boys. But watch out! Don't step on his 
toes! He's plenty tough; in fact so tough that he has a tattoo nailed 
on his chest, and when he was four years old his father had to play 
strip poker with him to get him into bed! 

A|S Shearen Elebash, who is really a flash with his voieev has 
organized an octet, which incidentally sounds amazingly good! Their 
latest number is one that "Elly" used to sing in the basement and 
it turned out to be a very good cellar! 

Special request to AjS Robinson (taps trumpeter), who is now 
playing serenades to put the boys to sleep (Please play "The Hungarian 

"Bull" Hinman complains about the fact that they want to put 
the country on its feet, saying, "First they ration gas; then they ration 
butter; then they ration shoes and taka the country off it^ feet!" 

Mort Young is a great athlete, possessing baseball 



Those P-47's remind me of my mother-in-law — no damn good 
on earth! ! Seriously, I like my mother-in-law, I worship the ground 
coming to her. The other night she was over to the house for dinner, 
we had an eight course meal: cold shoulder, and tongue. (All night 
Blah, blah, blah) 

AjS Knapp is the Teacher's Pet ! ! Teacher can't afford a dog! ! 

A]S Nick of Squadron D met a girl last weak with buck teeth. When 
the great moment arrived, and he started to kiss her good night, 
he thought he was playing a piano-harmonica ! ! 

A[S Wheeler — ex wing commander, ex squadron commander, ex- 
corporal — brings happiness wherever he goes. I think he'll brin.! 
happiness, whenever he goes. 

A|S Williams (rumor 109) I think will be our new wing commander. 
(I wish he'd inform yours truly who keeps his clothes so clean. Can 
he be an exiaundry man?) 

AjS Robie, Rink, and Ryan (same three from last week) former 
entertainers from the Russian Art Group were in a show with a hun- 
dred men and women on their hands and knees on the stage hollering 
bread, bread, bread. The curtain came down with a roll. 

If you see someone (me) wandering around the post during this 
coming week looking as though he lost half his blood supply relax. 
I just gave a transfusion to some "tomatoes". 

No, it was not the air raid alarm, just A]S Cohen still shouting 
on the baseball field! He has a nice face (after a fashion), a good 
body (so they tell me), but why did they ruin him by giving him a 
tongue ? 


Mom Virelle'' 

T Sgt, Virelle, the beloved "mo- 
ther" of the 58th C.T.D. was born 
at Bristol, Conn., Nov. 24, 1918 
shortly after the armistice which 
ended the last war. At that time 
when the entire country was cele- 
brating the return of peace, little 
Guieseppi was already planning his 
Army career. 

In his early years he was a 
Western Union messenger boy and 
then mounted the ladder until he 
was soon operating the teletype 
machine in his local office. One 
day after flashing off a wire, Joe 
watched a recruiting sergeant 
stroll down the street, and decided 
that the Army would be his ca- 

Begins Army Career 

He enlisted in 1937 at Fort E- 
than Allen, Vermont with the Sev- 
enth Field Artillery. From this day 
his life reads like a Fitzmaurice 
Travelogue. The Seventh Field Ar- 
tillery is now overseas with the 
first armored division in Tunisia. 
Prom there he went to Fort Ben- 
ning; then to Fort Sill to Gunnery 
shool where upon graduation he 
received the rating of corporal. 
The next stop was Fort McDowell, 
preceding a four month sojourn 
at Scoffield Barracks, Hawaii. The 
return was via the Panama Canal 
with a two month stop at Fort 
Clayton. At this point his first 
"hitch" was ended with a dis- 
charge at the point of embarka- 
tion, Port Ethan Allen. 


On April 22, 1941 he again 
signed up for the service, at Bris- 
tol, Conn. His first trip was (get 
this some of you men who enjoyed 
the sunny South during late win- 
ter) to Biloxi, Miss. You guessed 
it, Keesler Field. After a four 
months course in the Air Mechan- 
ics School, he was transferred to 
the Jackson Army Base, Jackson, 
Miss, as ci'ew chief on AT ll's. 

Seeking new fields, Sgt. Virelle 
attended Administration School at 
Maxwell Field, Ala. Upon gradua- 
tion he was assigned to Mass. 
State and the 58th C.T.D. 

Joe plans to make a career of 
the Army and after twenty-five 
more years of service, retire as a 
30 yr. veteran. His favorite heroes 
to date, both air corps men, and 
both world famous, are — Major 
General Claire N. Chennault and 
Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell. Best of 
luck, Sgt. in tlie attainment of 
your hopes. 

Show For 58th 

In keeping with its brilliant re- 
cord, the U.S.O. is bringing an- 
other top-notch show to enter- 
tain the men of the 58th C.T.D. 
next Wednesday night in Bowker 
auditorium. The show slated for 
this coming week is listed as Show 
Tabloid Troupe Number 52. 

Master of ceremonies for the 
Troupe is the inimitable story tell- 
er and singer, Cyril Smith. Mr. 
Smith is best remembered for his 
work with Rudy Vallee and his 
famous cockney stories. 

Margie Lynne 

Other members of the group in- 
clude Margie Lynne, singer, Don 
Seth, magician, Jill Warner, dan- 
cer, and instrumentalist John D. 
Ricche. The 58th C.T.D. band will 
also appear on the program. 

This impressive list of stars can 
now be added to the 58th's pa- 
rade of stai's which include genial 
generous Lawrence Tibbett and at- 
tractive Mary "My-Heai't-Belongs- 
to-Dadfly" Martin. Wednesday's 
show will be the first large scale 
group entertainment. In the past 
only one outstanding star has been 
present at a particular time. 


"Tomorrow, I'm going strictly 
G. I. I'll gig any man that steps 
out of line". These and many other 
famous phrases slipped from the 
mouth of that blue eyed, black 
haired son of Erin, A|S Bill Kearns, 
former commander of Squadron B. 
Bill is a native of Brockton, Mass. 
and his many terms at military 
school belie his 19 yeai's. He at- 
tended Staunton Military Academy 
and Seton Hall Prep. Upon his 
graduation he entered Georgetown 
Univ. intent upon a diplomatic 
careei'. He enlisted in the Army 
Air Corps while a student at 
Georgetown, but his college days 
were interrupted thei-e when he 
received his , orders. Despite his 
brief stay there, his many friends 
mark him a natural born diplomat. 

Among his hobbies are listed 
golf, hoi'seback riding, dancing and 
running. Following in the foot- 
steps of his Father, who had four 
and one half planes to his credit 
in the last war, Bill hopes to fly 
a pursuit ship after receiving hia 
wings. His favorite ship — "That 
dog, the Lightning". After the war 
he hopes to remain in the Army 
as a test pilot. 





NEW i 


Vol I No. 18 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JULY 17, 1943 

Subscription Free 

-For Future | 
Hot Pilots: 

Arnold Kirsten 

This article is intended to throw 
the light of truth on the false con- 
I ception that flying is a lark, the 
easiest and most enjoyable of all 
tasks involved in air crew duties. 
I, too, held the above erroneus 
opinion until my first flight at 
> the controls, and then came the 
revelation that flying- is not play, 
but hard, serious work! Granted, 
, I am a ''veteran" of but a half 
i dozen hours at the controls; but, 
i in that short span of time I have 
^' learned that to maintain a plane 
l' in the air through a series of man- 
' euvers for only the brief period of 
forty five minutes requires more 
mental and physical fitness than 
any other previous undertaking! 
The initial lesson you receive 
out at Barnes Airport starts with 
i your instructor taking you up for 
t what momentarily appears as a 
• .joy-ride. There is ample time to 
take in the scenery, undergoing 
that indescrible feeling of floating 
along, freed from Newton's Law 
' that has held you earthbound for 
so many years (in most cases); 
and in many instances the achieve- 
ment of your fondest goal — at last 
you are flying! However, your 
moments of joy terminate in, at 
the most, five minutes and your 
instructor has you follow him on 
the controls as he goes through 
the fundafliental maneuvers over 
which you must gain complete mas- 
tery if you expect" to fly for the 
Air Force. 

The time flies by and the next 
thing you know you are back at 
the airport listening intently to 
the ground school instructor, who 
is describing the "traffic pattern" 
of the field which must be strictly 
adhered to or dire consequences 
■win result. It is during this lecture 
that you first begin to notice how 
tired you are, and once your ex- 
citement at having flown has di- 
minished, you feel very much the 
same as having just completed a 

Continued on Page 4 


tj*"-"- V :: 

"Oh, say can you see through the dawn's early light what so 
proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming." . . . 

Detachment Officers 

(The following list of officers 
is printed by Take Off for the 
benefit of the new men. These 
are the men with whom the mem- 
bers of the Detachment come in 
closest personal contact.) 

Commanding Officer Captain 

Richard J. Congleton 

Adjutant First Lt 

Christian K. Madison, Jr. 

Tactical Officer Squadrons C, D, 

E, Lt. Edmund J. Kelly 

Tactical Officer Squadrons A, B,.... 
Lt. George D. Miller 

Captain Congleton and Lt. Mad- 
ison have offices in Memoi:ial Hall. 
Lt. Miller's office is in Thatcher 
Hall and Lt. Kelly's office in 
Lewis Hall. 

The following men are tactical 
non-commissioned officers of the 
detachment: Technical Sgt. Joseph 
Virelle, Sgt. Daniel Brown, Cpl. 
Bob Robbins, and Cpl. Bob Smith. 
Supply is handled by S Sgt. Bell 
and P.F.C. Sauls. P.F.C. Abbott 
is mail room clerk, and the Medical 
Conlhuied on Pjgs 4 

Week-End Activities 

The following events are sched- 
u'ed for the participation of all 
aviation students: 

Catholic mass at St. Brigid's 
Church on No. Pleasant St. at 
0830. Protestant services in Mem- 
orial Hall at 0845. Mr. Eugene 
■V^ilson of the Friends' Meeting 
will speak. Jewish services in Mem- 
orial Hall at 1000. Rabbi Lowen- 
thal of Northampton will conduct 

Saturday evening at 2000 in 
Bowker Auditorium the Movie un- 
der the auspices of the U.S.O. will 
be "Girl Trouble". Pleasf note the 
starting time, so that any con- 
fusion over this matter may be 

The U.S.O. Club House in Am- 
herst on the corner of Main and 
Triangle streets will be open to 
servicemen on Saturday and Sun- 
day afternoons from 1430 to 1730. 

58th C. T. D. 
Has New C. 0. 

Capt. Congleton Arrives 

This week saw a major change 
in the administration of the .58th 
College Training Detachment, 
Captain Dewey W. Couri, Com- 
manding Officer of the training 
detachment since its inauguration 
in February, left to assume his 
new duties as Laison Officer be- 
tween the Commanding General 
of the Southeast Training Com- 
mand and the Commanding Gen- 
eral of the First Service Command, 
Aviation Cadet Procurement Di- 
vision, in Boston, Mass. 

Captain Couri's successor as 
Commanding Officer at the 58th 
is Captain Richard J. Congleton, 
Former Commanding Officer of the 
31st College Training Detachment 
at Allegheny College, Meadville, 

Capt. Congleton was graduated 
from Princeton University in the 
class of '28. Following his grad- 
uation he attended Mercer Beasley 
Law School, and practiced law in 
Newark, New Jersey. 

Captain Congleton was called to 
active service on May 24, 1942 as 
a First Lieutenant. He attended 
Officer's Training School at Miami 
Beach, Florida. After completing 
this training he was assigned as 
Intelligence Officer at the South- 
east Headquarters in Mobile, Ala- 
bama. Capt. Congleton held nuni- 
e r o u s administrative offices 
throughout the South, including- 
that of Intelligence Officer at 
Glider School, prior to assuming 
command at the 31st C.T.D. 

When asked for his first im- 
pression of his new command. Cap- 
tain Congleton's reply was, "I am 
greatly impressed by the splendid 
accommodations and facilities that 
are available at Mass. State Col- 
lege for the use of the members 
of this detachment. I already feel 
quite at home since the students 
here are of the same caliber as 
Canlinued on Page 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain D. W. Couri, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan — Editor-in-Chief 

ETditorial Board 

Herb Gilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash — Technical Editor 

Arnold Kirsten — News Editor 

Raymond Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Leonard Samuels Ben Katz Bob Classman 

Owen Johnson 
Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


Throw away your "tiny depression apples" and your dirty 
old togas, soldiers. We've got a good chow barn and a good 
supply room — We've got the best detachment in America 
and you're part of it. Welcome ! 

That's Mt. Tom on the right, Mt. Holyoke on the left 
and the Connecticut Valley down below. You're in a little 
college town, Amherst, Mass. and seven miles from North- 
ampton's Smith College and training center for the Waves. 

Opportunity was born here ! An opportunity to learn things 
that you missed in school and to assimilate a lot of valuable 
information ; an opportunity to get in perfect physical shape, 
and to learn to discipline yourself and be disciplined; all 
this is yours. 

If you like to write, come out for Take Off. If you liko 
to sing, come out for the Octet. If you like to play in a band, 
the band needs you. Your squadron has a softball team, 
a volleyball team, and a basketball team. 

The great opportunity lies in the fact that you gain a 
rich experience in living. You can gain a firm foundation 
on which to make yourself an effective, vital unit, capable 
of fighting for those principles of decency for which Ameri- 
ca stands. 


A Strong Cadence 

Along with the new men that have joined the Detach- 
ment has come the realization of a healthy frame of mind 
that permeates the 58th C.T.D. It woke up in the bar- 
racks last week (a half an hour later than usual). It seeped 
into the chow line. It is marching in the formations. Some 
call it the charm of novelty — the waiting for the new order 
to order. 

Throughout the Detachment there is a marked feeling 
that we are going forward. There is a certainty about the 
movements. There is no balking or turning aside. We may 
be sure that we are going somewhere ! 

The changes have been small changes but ones in which 
a good deal of thought and consideration have been employed. 
It is these small considerations that make or break the 
healthiness *f our daily outlook. Yes, the cadence is strong. 

The student officeirs of the 58th C.T.D. present arms before their 

wing commander. 

A Flag 

"Present Arms!!" The stirring 
strains of "The Star-Spangled 
Banner" resound over the parade 
grounds as the entire detachment 
pays respect to a flag which, as 
defined by Webster, is "a light 
cloth bearing a device or devices 
to indicate nationality, party, etc." 

Just a bit of fabric which saw 
Washington and his men endure 
indescribable suffering at Valley 
Forge; but a tattered piece of ma- 
terial that inspired Francis Scott 
Key to write a composition that 
has since become our national an- 
them; merely the witness to one 
of the most daring cavalry charges 
of all times at the Battle of San 
Juan Hill; only the driving force 
behind the "Doughboys" as they 
swept' through murderous opposi- 
tion in the Argonne; and, more 
recently, just the shred of hope 
that caused our beleaguered forces 
on Bataan to fight on in the face 
of insurmontable odds. 

It is this same flag that sym- 
bolizes the hope of the people of 
occupied countries that there will 
be not only a restoration of what 
they had before, but a reformation 
that will insure a world free from 
strife — forever! ! 

To the American, an emblem of 
the opportunity to lead a life as 
he so desires, providing of course 
he does not infringe upon the 
rights of others. 

Yes, .just a flag!! 

As the strains of the national 
anthem subside, the command "Or- 
der Arms" is given and once more 
the flag has received its richly 
deserved s:-:Iute ! ! 

A Star Is Born 

John Hackman 

Metro-Goldwyn - Mayer, Warner 
Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox 
and talent scouts of America have 
discovered "a gold mine" right 
here in this Detachment. Aviation 
Student Ernest Drew has "arrived". 
Get his autograph now while it 
is attainable. He may have some 
snapshots . . . Get one. Get him 
to sign it: "With warm regards 
for my friend John Hackman" or 
whatever your name is. Yes, Er- 
nest Drew has risen to incredible 
heights as a star of stage, screen 
and radio. How did he get there? 
To this question he would modestly 
answer: "I polka." But frankly, 
Ernest Drew does more than Pol- 
ka. Why was he chosen to dance in 
last week's show in Bowker Auditor- 
ium ? Why did he put aside his 
trombone to take over the leader- 
ship of the detachment band ? Why 
is it that telephone wires are jam- 
med with the name Di-ew. "Long 
Distance calling A|S Drew. Who's 
calling? Miss . . Jones, Miss Wil- 
son, Miss Wilsbottam, Miss Pet- 
tibone and a thousand Misses the 
world over. Why have we had to 
put in another mail room to han- 
dle the mail for the D's? Not 
Mister Drew, because you "polka". 
But then, who knows what made 
Gable, or Boyer, or A. Ladd. Who 
can tell what made Ernest Drew ? 

58th Octet 

The 58th Octet extends a cordial 
welcome to the new members of 
the detachment and especially the 
singers. If any of you men would 
like to join the Glee Club and 
Octet leave your name at Thatcher 
Hall No. 116, and rehearsal hours 
will be posted. 



Doc Hannan 

"We came-, we saw, we conquer- 
ed'', Lt. Kelly beamed, as he strode 
into the Take Off office Tuesday 
evening after he had personally 
led his Group II "rock crushers" to 
a thrilling victory over Lt. Miller 
and his able second T|Sgt. Virelle, 
and an assortment of journey me» 
players, largely composed of 
Squadron B. It was a thrilling 
game from the first long blow to 
the final put out, in the gathering 
gloom. Lt. Miller was on the mound 
for Group I and was handicapped 
no end by his shaky support afield. 
Lt. Kelly, on the other hand, was 
backed up by brilliant fielding at 
the proper moment, and deservedly 
lef"! the field on the long end of the. 
score. The game was tied at three 
different points, going into extra 
innings with a stalemate 3-3. Fin- 
ally in the last half of the ninth, 
in an endeavor to pick a roving 
runner off second, Lt. Miller's cat- 
cher (we mention no names) threw 
a slider far and wide over Dave 
Farrell's head at second and the 
game was over as the speedster 
easily beat the relay to the plate. 
The game was featured by plenty 
of good natured bickering — qu^- 
tionable officiating — and a return 
match cannot be denied. 

Continuing with the regular in- 
ter-squadron competition, we find 
the standings as of this week as 

Squadron A. 255 points 

Squadron B. 480 points 

Squadron C. 205 points 

Squadron D. 385 points 

Squadron E. . , 470 points 

Already the race is tightening 
up, with four weeks yet to go. 
Squadron B, leading last Saturday 
by a comfortable margin of 205 
points now holds a narrow margin 
over E also in the runner up slot 
last week. This was due to B hav- 
ing its first open date on Tuesday, 
plus defeats in both the baseball 
and basketball games on Thursday. 
The lead should change hands daily 
:from this point forward, depending 
on which Squadron "suffers" the 
open date, with the final outcome 
in doubt until the last night in 
Mid August. 

Again the outstar»ding perform- 
ance goes to P»lemini, twirler for 
Squadron D, who me* the challenge 

of B, by shutting them out. 5-0 with 
a brilliant four hit exhibition. Ear- 
lier in the week, he set down A 
with three hits, easily coasting to a 
12-1 win. Squadron E enjoyed a 
split in their games, losing to 
Squadron C, 8-7 and defeating A, 
7-5. B swept the volley ball com- 
petition as usual. 

Squadron D took both basketball 
games defeating B, 42-20 and A, 
44-10. E also defeated A 59-28 
and C 52-45. 

On July 20th A meets C — B 
meets E. 

On July 22nd A meets B — C 
meets D. 

Again, it is our unpleasant duty, 
to ask for more cooperation in the 
handing in of results on the eve- 
ning of each game not later than 
2200 at the Take Off Office. It is 
no small task to record these re- 
sults, and it is your squadron that 
suffers, if you are on the winning 
end and fail to report the victory. 
If it is impossible to deliver the 
results in person, please select a 
responsible man from your squad- 
ron and instruct him to deliver the 
results. It will be only a few extra 
steps — a few extra steps for a pos- 
sible victorious campaign. 

"ABBOTT" llChowline Chatter 

Committee Reports 

On Wednesday evening, July 
14th, your newly organized social 
committe met in Memorial Hall 
with Mr. Easton, our chaplain, 
presiding. There were representa- 
tives of every squadron present. 
At this time, the committee is con- 
templating a Friday night dance 
as a farewell gesture for the next 
group of potential cadets to leave 
our post. This dance will be com- 
plete v(ith an excellent band, coed, 
and aviation student entertain- 
ment, and will be ' staged in cab- 
aret style with refreshments serv- 
ed free of charge. We owe a vote 
of thanks to Mr. Easton and the 
U.S.O. for their excellent endeav- 

Your committee will welcome 
suggestions for further entertain- 
ment. Contact either your squad- 
ron representatives or leave sug- 
gestions in the Take Off office in 

Oh^ please fellows let me say 
a few words about the problems 
that confront a mailroom clerk. 
Just consider my tribulations. Our 
Flyers return too late in the eve- 
ning to receive their mail. Some of 
you have classes all day and find 
it difficult to get to the mail room 
during the hours of distribution. 
Others are in the Infirmary, still 
others at Westover Field. Then 
thei-e are the boys who can never 
be satisfied. They aren't content 
with five or six letters a day, but 
hound the mail room staff for more 
mail. They feel slighted and hurt 
because "Helen writes everyday, 
there must be a letter from her". 
"Are you sure you looked in the 
right box?" "My mother sent a 
package of cookies, while I was at 
college last year and it never ar- 
rived. Will you keep your eyes 
out for it?" Last, but not least, is 
the guy who comes racing in of 
a Saturday morn, with a desperate 
gleam in his eye, unkempt — uncut 
hair, etc. He asks in a desperate 
voice, "Have you got an insured, 
registered. Special Delivery, air- 
mail letter for me? There is a 
check in the envelope and I've got 
to have some money. If I don't 
have my hair cut, Lt. Kelly will gig 
me. If I don't pay my laundry 
bill, Sgt. Bell will gig me. And 
if I don't have money for my date 
tonight, my girl will kill me. 
Please, have you got the letter?" 
The last in an anguished voice. 
You men know the usual answer — 
"Sorry, but you haven't any mail 

The purpose of this article is 
to make all of you appreciate the 
problems of the mail clerk. I 
seem to have digressed a bit, but 
let's get back "on the beam". When 
your mail is late in arriving here 
it is due to the present transpor- 
tation problem. In war time every 
available vehicle is used to further 
the war effort. All of you under- 
stand that. Also because of the 
millions of men in the service, the 
mails are much heavier than they 
ordinarily would be. Therefore, the 
mails, particularly packages, are 
delayed a bit in transit. We can 
do nothing to alleviate that situa- 

If you have any worthwhile sug- 
gestions to expedite the mail ser- 
vice here, please come to Lt. Mil- 
ler, or myself and tell us about it. 

Owen Johnson 

At every army post, one hears 
numerous comments regarding the 
chowlirtfe. Some are favorable; 
some are not. However, we wanted 
to get a different slant on this 
time worn argument, so here are 
some thoughts from our C.L.G's 
(chow line girls). They uncom- 
plainingly serve the rushing 
throngs, and few are the bouquets 
thrown their way, bouquets they 
richly deserve. 

The following types are listed 
by the girls in white 

First we have the "obnoxious" 
type. He slouches from bread to 
meat, commenting on the state 
of affairs just enough to take the 
joy out of living and makes the 
entire line aware of his grumbling, 
pessimism, and sarcastic witti- 
cisms. He is definitely a detriment 
to the morale of all. 

Closely akin to the obnoxious 
type we find the noisy type, who 
is heard long before he puts in 
his appearance. Friends are greet- 
ed jovially, but the food is accepted 
with a horrible face and he then 
has the nerve to ask for more. 
Both of these types hold up the 
line — a delay that is entirely un- 

Opposing these types is the "Si- 
lent John" of the chow line. A 
bafflling fellow who accepts his 
food and moves along without hes- 
itation or comment. He requires 
Continued on Page 4 

Post Attire 

On Monday morning, the ter- 
ritory surrounding the 58th re- 
sembled a jungle battle field, as 
wave upon wave of men marched 
triumphantly over the college 
paths to and fro from classes, 
the mess hall, and the drill field, 
clad in green fatigues, leggings, 
and O.D. flight caps. 

During the remainder of the 
summer months, this will be the 
new uniform of the day insuring 
comfort and ease as the mercury 
soars skyward in the high 90's. 

No longer will we have to worry 
about keeping that newly pressed 
appearance during the day. No 
longer will we send two suntans 
out on Thursday and hope and pray 
that our acting supply Sgt. 
eagle eyed Pfc. "Doc" Sauls and 
his detail will bring them back via 
the Burma Road Special in time 
for the following Saturday's staiid 
by inspeeti«n. 


'i/n %e eoekfit' 

By Leonard Samuels 

. . Wednesday night, one of the comics took a prop fall, wiped 
his hands and said, "I'd like to catch the guy who G. I'd 
this floor". I think it was the gags that slopped up the stage, 
not our boys. (P.S. with gags like that, he'll wind up on the 
stage of starvation.) 

A|S Wheeler, while walking in the Metropolis of Amherst 
(a cemetery with lights) was frightened when a monkey 
jumped on his shoulder. Two small boys noticed it and one 
turned to the other and said, "Look, the one without the 
tail talks." 

A|S (corn on the cob) Drew is very musical; he has a 
sharp nose and flat feet. 

T|Sgt. "Mom" Virelle's office is quite busy. In fact, the 
other day I heard the Sarge cry: "What is this, a short cut 
to an alley?" What a Spot for a gasoline station if Ethyl 
were only here. Really men, Virelle didn't have to join the 
army. From the way he plays ball, he must have been 4 F. 

Met A|S (Permanent party) Hoffman and asked him 
where he was going. He replied. "I'm going to the St. Regis 
Diner for a cup of coffee and a hat. 

Ignore that last gag, I found it on the back of a corn 
plaster. (My mother told me I'd have days like this). Well it's 
better than hanging out in the poolroom. 

In Math, the prof, asked A|S (20 per cent average) Sawyer, 
even lower than me, how many eggs would 201 chickens 
lay. He replied, "200 eggs sir". The Prof, said, "What's 
the matter with the other one?" "Oh, he's the bookkeeper", 
was the snappy retort. 

Sgt. Brown's favorite line is, "I'll tell him when he comes 
in". Who is the guy he's going to tell and what? 

A|S McPartland (Squadron C's broken down commander) 
met a sweet coed. She's a debutante. She came out last year. 
She still has to report to her parole board every month 

A|S's Fisher, Davis, Lucy, Brett, Duvalley, and Farrell 
set sail for Look Park last Sunday afternoon to break the 
hot spell with a (Juick plunge. While there they met several 
gay young things, and then were driven to shelter by a sud- 
den squall. The only comment forthcoming from the eager 
sextet, was that Fisher didn't go for those mass calisthenics. 

A|S| Warren Leapold, (You've heard of him before) took 
the fii-st short step prior to the long dive last week-end. He 
must have borrowed a wheel-barrow to tow that "rock" 
back from the jewlers, or did he mine it himself? 

Lt. Kelly, while toiling on the mound Thursday night, 
lost his "stuff" in a hurry. Someone leaving the diamond 
dropped a "butt" in front of the rubber, and the smoke 
blinded him. At least that was his story, and I quote "Mom" 
Virelle on this line. There must have been some alibi for 
that barrage. (Editors note: Lt. Kelly notes, however, that 
his Group II team won by a score of 20-12 ! Figures don't lie. 
Lt. Miller wisely remains silent) 

Future Hot Pilots 

Continued from Page 1 

five mile jog, only more fatigued, 
for there is a mental weariness 
as well as physical. Deep concen- 
tration on "Hold that nose level!, 
Keep that wing up!. Stop 
choking the stick! Relax!", etc., 
etc., leave an exhausted pilot, not 
a "Hot" one! 

To fly, jjne must constantly be 
on the alert, checking wind di- 
rection, plane direction, stability, 
engine performance, etc. If you 
realize that a pilot who has earned 
his wings, whether he be a fighter, 
bomber, transport, or instructor, 
has the added burden of multi-en- 
gine instruments, firing weapons, 
locating and engaging the enemy, 
to mention a few, you can com- 
prehend the complexity of the na- 
ture of his task. 

Let us correct the mistaken o- 
pinion that flying is "easier than 
driving a car and twice as much 
fun", because it isn't! Also, let 
us make up our minds that we are 
all going to do our utmost in gain- 
ing those much coveted silver 
wings, symbolic of a man who can 
lead a hard, clean life! 

r I II I II I til II III I II iiino* 


?•»"•■ """• ' ■ '""• 

The one person that ought to 
be made known to the readers of 
the TAKE-OFF is its Editor, Dan- 
iel "Doc" Hannan. "Old Doc" was 
born more years ago than he cares 
to admit in Perry, Iowa. He at- 
tended the University of Notre 
Dame and, as well as starring in 
Varsity baseball, received his de- 
gree in 1940 and turned his steps 
towards Harvard Law School. He 
was within a few weeks of being 
graduated when the Air Corps 
called him to active service. After 
the war "Doc" wants to finish his 
schooling and take up practice in ei- 
ther New York ' or Chicago. While 
in High School and while at Notre 
Dame, Dan was active on the re- 
spective school papers and when 
he arrived at the 58th he was soon 
made Editor of the Detachment 
Paper, TAKE-OFF. If Doc's wishes 
come true he will wear pilot's 
wings and fly a Mitchell or a 
I Boston Bomber. 

Detachment Officers 

CoKtiHued from Page I 
end is upheld by SjSgt. Brett, Cpl. 
Nash, and P.F.C. Lenk. 

The Chaplain on the Post is 
Chaplain Easton whose office is in 
North College above the College 

The office of Take Off is on the 
first floor of Thatcher Hall. 


Chowline Chatter 

Continued from Page 3 
very little attention and speeds the 
feeding of large groups of sol- 

The laryngitis type seems to 
bother the girls more than any of 
the others. He speaks in a soft 
monotone, and gets three slices of 
bread instead of the desired one. 
Sometimes, when using the sign 
language, one would take him for 
a deaf mute or a victim of athe- 

According to our commentators, 
the "nursery" of the 58th makes 
a charming group. Many have 
come and gone, but they are well 
remembered for the way in which 
they said, "Just a widdle more 
pweese, or ta, ta." One of their 
■close relations is the eager one 
who complains, "I'm only a grow- 
ing boy". 

The C.L.G's are constantly a- 
mused by the "yeas and nays" of 
the boys from Brooklyn, the Pag- 
liacci followers, and the ones who 
never miss a trick, especially the 
ones behind the counter. The girls 
enjoy particularly the Romeo who 
gives with the smile of beauty 
and elucidates, "My, but you look 
pretty today, sweetheart", while 
enjoying a second piece of steak. 

Despite all these, we finally 
found out that the C.L.G's classify 
many of the Aviation Students as 
real "Beavers" and appreciate a 
"Good Morning" or "hello" from 
the men of the Fighting 58th. The 
great majority of our men belong 
in this latter category. 

58th C.T.D. 

' Continued from Page 1 
those at my previous post. I am 
looking forward to the time when 
I will be in a position to address 
the students and outline our gen- 
eral policy. However for the pre- 
sent, I am just looking around and 
becoming acquainted." 

The Take Off Staff expresses 
the opinion of evei'y man at the 
58th when it wishes Captain Con- 
gleton a pleasant command and 
every success. 



Take ojsr 





Vol I No. 19 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JULY 24, 1943 

Subscription Free 

hig Moment 

At Barnes 

AB Davis 

Today is the big day. We have 
completed our flying insti-uction, 
and are ready to prove our ability 
to a check pilot. Our instructor 
has told us that our last hour 
of flying time vi^ill be spent as a 

. final check-flight, and naturally we 
all wish to do well, as it is upon 

i this check that our mark in the 
course depends. The Army Air 
Corps requires a student to make 
a grade of 75 or better to receive 
a recommendation for further 
training. Thus our goal is set. 

A group of hot pilots sit on the 
bench in front of the hanger try- 
ing to relax, but somehow we find 
this rather difficult. We try to 
remember all we've been told. Such 

; things as cock-pit procedure, wind 
direction, and traffic patterns are 
racing through our minds. Sud- 
denly our thoughts are interrupted 
by the shouting of our name. Our 
instructor introduces us to the 
check pilot, and we walk towards 
our plane. 

Nervously we clrmb into the 
ship. The check pilot chats with 

, us as we taxi down the field. It 
isn't long before we suddenly find 
ourselves lined up on the runway 
and ready to take off. The in- 
structor gives us the ok, and we 
open the throttle. The tail comes 
up, we have full vision of the run- 
way, and our air speed begins to 

- climb. The plane starts todo tricks. 
It zigs when it should zag and 
we can't figure out what is wrong. 
It never has swerved as badly as 
this before, and why, of all times, 
should it start now? After a few 
moments of fighting and wrestling 
the controls, the ground falls a- 
way from us, and with a sigh of 
relief we realize that at last we're 
in the air. 

Our next problem is that of 
finding our area. We knew where 
it was yesterday, but now that 
we look around it seems to have 
disappeared. Gosh, that hill was 
Continued on Page 2 

Where To Go 

Catholic services will be held at 
St. Brigid's Church in Amherst, 
at 0S30. 

Protestant services at 0845 in 
Memorial Hall. 

Sunday Dance 

A Jewish service will be held 
at the newly opened Hillel House, 
389 No. Pleasant St. at 1400 con- 
ducted by Rabbi Lowenthal of 
Northampton. Following the ser- 
vice the reception will be address- 
ed by the Rev. W. Burnet Easton, 
Dirctor of Religious Activities at 
M. S. C, the Rev. Jesse Trotter, 
at Amherst College, Dr. Maxwell 
H. Goldberg, for the U. S. O., and 
Rabbi Arthur Hertzbei-g, the new- 
ly appointed Director of the Pio- 
neer Valley Hillel Foundation. The 
Formal program and speeches will 
be brief, and will be followed by 
a social and dance. The major pur- 
pose of the afternoon will be to 
provide a social time for the men 
on their day off. Hostesses will 
be coeds from Mass. State, 
WAVES, and Smith College stu- 
dents. The program will be open 
to men of all faiths. 

u. s. o. 

The U. S. 0. club house in Am- 
herst will be open to servicemen 
on Saturday from 1430 'til 2300; 
on Sunday afternoon from 1430 
'til 1730. Dancing instruction will 
be afforded those who desire such 
by most capable hostesses. 

Sunday from 1400 to 1700 there 
vrill be open house for service- 
men at the Hills Memorial Club 
House, corner of Main and Tri- 
angle streets. Junior hostesses will 
join in games both indoor and 
outdoor. Music by "vie" and piano. 
Refreshments will be served. 

The movie for this Saturday 
night will be "Tombstone" and 
will be shovm in Bowker Auditor- 
ium at 2000. As in the past, this 
show is under the auspices of the 
U. S. O. 

New Open Post 

Each night of the week the men 
of the 58th have open post from 
1840 to 2000. This change was ac- 
claimed with many cheers when 
announced in Bowker Auditorium 
by Captain Congleton. After a 
"rough" day of classes in P.T., 
Physics, Mathematics, Geography, 
Navigation, Code, or what have 
you, we now have a period after 
evening chow when we can relax 
instead of hitting the books im- 

However, besides being a time 
for going to town for supplies, a 
coke, etc. it is to be put to use 
around the post. Laundry bills can 
be paid on time — Wednesday night, 
the supply room will be open dur- 
ing this time and clean laundry 
can be collected. Those who need 
books, pencils, slide rules and any 
other equipment may procure it 
during their leisure. 

The athletic schedule has been 
changed to a one night a week 
affair, with the attendance on a 
voluntary basis. However, if the 
old spirit still prevails, Friday 
nights will be as keenly antici- 
pated as ever. 

Le^s Dance 

In harmony with the strong 
spirit and excellent morale mani- 
fest in our detachment, the So- 
cial Committee and local USO have 
planned a bigger, better and more 
gala dance than ever before held 
at M.S.C. The dance will take place 
a week from this Saturday, July 
81st at 8 p.m. in the Drill Hall. 

Highlighting the affair will be 
entertainment offered by members 
of our own detachment. Shearen 
Elebash, the A|S who brought 
down the house with his subtle 
piano monologues at our last Eag- 
er Beaver meeting will again re- 
turn to the piano. Jim (HaiTy 
James) Robinson will also render 
solos on his hot trumpet and the 
58th C.T.D. octet will oblige with 
some sweet swing. 

Continued on Page 3 

Lieut. Grossman 
Joins 58thC.T.D. 

The 58th welcomes Lt. Everett 
E. Grossman as its new Supply and 
Transportation Officer and Tac- 
tical Officer for Squadron B. Lt. 
Grossman is from Spencer, N. C. 
where he attended high school. 

In the early years of his life 
Lt. Grossman devoted himself to 
sports almost entirely; playing 
football, basketball, and baseball. 
From the beginning, however, 
baseball was the sport in which 
he was to compete long and suc- 

After high school in Spencer, 
Lt. Grossman attended the Univex- 
sity of North Carolina; but in 
the Spring of his freshman year, 
he left his home state to start his 
college career over again at the 
University of Minnesota in Saint 
Paul. With a four-letter back- 
ground from his high school days 
behind him, he got off to a good 
start in Minnesota by playing 
freshman football. Soon he drop- 
ped all other sports to hurl for 
his college baseball club. 

In 1936 he signed with St. Paul 
in the American Association and 
began what turned out to be a 
very successful career in profes- 
sional baseball. During the years 
from 1936 to 1940 Lt. Grossman 
hurled for San Francisco, Dallas, 
Texas and in 1937 lead the South 
Eastern League. 

Suffering an arm injury, he en- 
tered business, going into the Sales 
and Advertising department of 
Hormel. In 1940 he entered the 
Army Physical Training program 
and became a Physical Director 
in the Air Corps at large, during 
which time he helped set up the 
present physical training program. 

1942 found Lt. Grossman in the 
administrative branch of the Air 
Corps and he was sent, during the 
year, to a College Training De- 
tachment at Davis-Elkins College 
in Elkins, West Va. 

From Elkins he joined the 58th. 

After the war Lt. Grossman will 
probably teach or coach. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment ~ 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Dan Hannan — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Herb Oilman — Managing Editor 

Shearen Elebash^Technical Editor 

Arnold Kirsten — News Editor 

Raymond Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Paul Madden— Art Editor 

Feature — News Board 

Leonard Samuels Ben Katz Bob Glassman 

Owen Johnson Alan Kane 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 

This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 

views herein should not -be construed as those of the War 



_ Marching into a College Training Detachment — this 
one or another — a soldier from a Basic training Center 
brings with him a barracks bag full of questions. "Where 
are we going? When are we going? Is it near home?" All 
these questions are in the bag, of course, but "Why are we 
going to a College Training Detachment?" is the most per- 
tinent question, followed by, "What is most important here ?" 
Some of the old men have asked these questions over and 
over again. Some have let the questions die unanswered 
because . . . well, they just got busy and forgot. Some of us 
are satisfied with half answers, and even incorrect ones. 

This editorial is an answer — not the whole answer. That 
would involve many more words than we have space for. 
Still, this is an answer, a simple analysis of our purpose. 

Broadly speaking, it can be broken down into th>ee cate- 
gories of training: Academic, Military, and Physical. Each 
of these is important and valuable, but not one of them 
more important than the other and all three vitally impor- 
tant to the whole. Sloppiness in any one of these aspects 
IS a detriment — a serious detriment to the whole training 
into which each is integrated. 

Practical application of the academic work is hardly feasi- 
ble except as a background to further instruction. We won't 
be running the mile for time before a trip over Berlin. No- 
body will care about your belt buckle. All that will matter 
then is whether you are able to discipline yourself — whether 
you have stamina and nerve when things get rough. 

This program is devised to help you learn to develop this 
stamina and self discipline. It teaches you to do things you 
don't want to do, and do them well — and every part of the 
program is important. The Air Corps has found definitely 
through mvestigations that accidents occur in "sloppy" 
squadrons. Trouble is the friend of a man that lacks self 
disciplme. The purpose of training here is to develop this 
self discipline by learning to live orderly and efficiently 

Down along the paths where 
formerly the gay young things 
gayly flitted to and fro discussing 
their problems of the day, current 
male companions, and the latest 
college gossip, he was standing 
with his chin thrust forward, hands 
on hips, in the perfect pose of an 
ever vigilant sentinel. He was the 
Lord and Master of all he surveyed. 
Here was the hard hearted dic- 
tator of new Squadron B. When 
queried as to his belligerent at- 
titude, his reply was brusque and 
to the point, as usual — "Some 
G. I. Joker has been near my 
flower garden again; if I ever 
catch him, he'll walk all the way 
to classification". (This flower 
garden, Dan's pride and joy, con- 
sists of one lone rose, upon which 
he has lavished the tender care 
of a mother.) 

We met Sgt. Brown the first day 
we were at the "58th. He seems 
to draw the duty of watching 
over all the new men upon their 
arrival, and ask any of them, a- 
bout the efficiency with which he 
handles this job. T|Sgt. Virelle is 
known far and wide as the "Moth- 
er", of the 58th. Surely among 
a family of this size, we must 
have a Dad, and Dan easily fills 
the role. 

Sgt. Dan Brown was born in 
Clinton, Maine in 1906. After 
spending several years in this lo- 
cality he moved to Mars Hill, 
Maine where he attended school. 
Upon graduation he entered Aroo- 
stock Central Institute, an^ upon 
completing his course, entered and 
was graduated from Grays Bus- 
iness College in Portland, Me. 

Starting out in the business 
world, Dan first worked for the 
Continued on Page 3 

The Big Moment 

Cc>:l:i!:ied from Page 1 
never there before, we keep saying 
to ourselves, or was it ? After some 
meditation, we decide that we're 
just a little bit rattled, and that 
we've lost our sense of direction. 
Finally, we begin to settle down 
and concentrate on what we are 
doing. We then proceed to fly our 
rectangular pattern, our "S" turns, 
and our series of turns. By now 
we realize that the fellow riding 
behind us is a pretty good guy 
and our confidence is slowly re- 

Then we proceed to do that 
which we fear most — spin. We 
climb to 2500 feet and the instruc- 
tor asks for a two turn spin to 
the left. We stall and suddenly the' 
bottom drops out from under. The 
ground pin wheels up to meet us 
in a most disturbing fashion. We 
feel that we've done about two 
turns by now, and we neutralize 
the controls. The tiny plane recov- 
ers gracefully and we know that 
the worst is over. 

Having proceeded back to the 
field, we approach for a landing. 
The instructor is ready to take 
over the instant things go wrong. 
The runway slowly rises to meet 
us. We level off and ease back 
on the stick. There is a sudden 
bump or two as the wheels hit. 

Our check pilot tells us what 
we have done wrong, and as a 
rule will say that we gave him 
a "good ride". He realizes that i 
a lot is expected for such a short 
period of instruction. 

With a heart that is light we 
return to Mass. State knowing that 
we have successfully passed one 
of the many barriers before us. 

New Guard Plan 

In the future the men for Guard 
duty will be selected in a body 
from their respective squadrons, 
e.g. Squadron B will have Guard 
duty on Monday night, Squadron 
C on Tuesday night, and Squadron 
D on Wednesday night, with a 
continuous repetition. This new 
method will facilitate the selection 
and handling of the guard as well as 
acquaint every man with his night 
of duty sometime in advance. The 
A|S will know definitely when he 
is to draw Guard duty and can 
arrange his free time accordingly. 
Guard mount, as in the past will 
continue at the Abbey. Charge of 
Quarters will be~ selected in thfr 
same manner. 



Doc Hannan 

With the termination of the In- 
teisquadron Athletic Program, the 
5Sth has inaugurated a new com- 
petitive program under a shuffled 
schedule. The previously scheduled 
Tuesday and Thursday conflicts 
have been canceled and henceforth, 
Friday nights will find the Squad- 
rons treking towards the bowl, to 
slug it out for Squadron suprema- 
cy. The future competition will be 
on a purely voluntary basis, how- 
ever, with the intense rivalry now 
evident between several of the 
squadrons, the same competitive 
spirit and interest should prevail. 

By virtue of amassing a grand 
total of 480 points, 10 points more 
than Squadron E, old Squadron B 
has officially been established the 
winner of the inter squadron com- 
petition. Although Squadron C. 
drew two byes, to one for each of 
the other units, a clean sweep on 
their open date would not have 
found them higher than B. And so 
it is we extend our congratula- 
tions to the men of B. The volley 
ball team had no peer. The bas- 
ketball team was a consistent win- 
ner, and the baseball team, suf- 
fering from a distinct Squadron 
D complex, wound up hostilities 
with a three won and two lost 

Among the outstanding perfor- 
mances seen on the bowl, the spot 
light turns to Polimeni who con- 
sistently twirled brilliant ball for 
Squadron D. Too much praise can- 
not be given this speed ball ar- 
tist. He was backed by snappy 
fielding and clutch hitting in main- 
taining a perfect record of five 

The basketball teams of B and E 
were on a par. Heath and McGrath 
were the point artists for B while 
Glenn Warren garnered scoring 
honors for the Squadron E quin- 

In volley ball, it would be diffi- 
cult to pick an outstanding perfor- 
mance from the men of B. Ranee 
Kellogg and Hubbard were giving 
their all every minute of the way, 
as they too maintained a perfect 

Under the new program the 
schedule is as follows: 

Friday, July 23: 

B vs. E C vs. D 

Friday, July 30: 
B vs. C E vs. D 

Friday, August 6: 
B vs. D C vs. E 

Another high light of the ath- 
letic program, the nightly battle 
for supremacy between Groups I 
and II will continue each Friday 
evening, as teams led by Lt. Mil- 
ler and T|Sgt. Virelle try to re- 
gain the top against the current 
"hot shots" from Group II under 
the leadership of Lt. Kelly. This 
struggle is not settled by any 
means, ancl the outcome will re- 
main in doubt from week to week. 

P. T. for Pilots 

As each new group of men move 
out to the airport to commence 
their flight training, there may 
now and then be a tendency to 
forget the value of the P. T. pro- 
gi-am. For the late flight there is 
always the early period complete, 
with calisthenics, running, and nu- 
merous exercises at the parallel 
bar and the obstacle course. For 
the early flight, there is always the 
long and often welcome swimming 

Sitting in a plane for several 
hours each day and devoting all 
of one's attention to the task of 
flying calls for the utmost con- 
centration and stamina. The planes 
used for this purpose are not as 
large as the ones to be used in 
the later days of training, and the 
cramped quarters, cause the tired 
muscles of every "hot pilot" to cry 
out in agony long before the air- 
port comes into view. There is a 
constant turning of the head to 
make sure that no fellow student 
has entered your area. This calls 
for every bit of strength availa- 
ble in the neck and shoulder mus- 
cles. You may think that this is 
overemphasized, but the first days 
at the airport will be ample proof 
of the truth in this statement. 
Your feet and ankles, jammed on 
the rudder bars will beg for mer- 
cy, but there is no lielp in view 
when one is five thousand feet in 
the air and miles from home. 

Keep on the ball, pilots. A day 
lost here is just as important as 
a day lost in the earliest days of 


Continued from Page 2 
Prudential Insurance Co. After suc- 
cessfully covering that section of 
Me. with protection, the Sarge 
spent the next ten years woi-king 
for the Eastland Hotel in Port- 
land, the swank spot of that thriv- 
ing metropolis. Among his many 
duties with the hotel, he did much 
of the clerical work, plus doub- 
ling in brass as the gum chew- 
ing, derby topped, house dick. 
Leaving the hotel, we next find the 
Sarge, traveling in and about Bos- 
ton for several years; this prior 
to joining the Army. 

Sergeant Brown was inducted 
into the Army, June 3, 1942 at 
Belmont, Mass. From there he 
went to the 228th Tech. Tr. Sq., 
Miami Beach, Florida. After com- 
pleting his basic training at this 
post, he was transferred to Mont- 
gomery, Alabama to Gunter Field. 
There he worked in the Orderly 
room in the 58th Base Headquar- 
ters, Air Base Squadron. He left 
Gunter Field, for our 58th C. T. D. 
on March' 15th of this year. 

Among his hobbies are listed, 
fishing and hunting, particularly 
deer hunting; although, where he 
will find any fish and deer in inland 
Maine is beyond the grasp of most 
of us. However, he will spin yarns 
by the hour over his numerous 
catches. Also not to be forgotten 
is his love for beauty, the -aes- 
thetic beauty of the floral patches 
behind the Abbey. 

His advice to the aviation stu- 
dents at the 58th — "You men have 
something here you won't find a- 
gain until you receive your com- 
missions as officers in the Air 
ICorps. Make the most of it. Get 
all you can out of what the 58th 
off'ers in education, physical train- 
ing, and discipline. You won't have 

any trouble getting over the top." 

» » » 

Le's Dance 

Continued from Page 1 
Last but not least, by any means, 
the affair will be complete with 
feminine entertainment furnished 
by our own Mass. State coeds. 
The dance music will be supplied 
by our newly formed 58th swing 
band. U.S.O. junior hostesses and 
coeds will make excellent partners 
for all. 

training at the 58th. Now more 
than ever physical coordination and 
"guts" are demanded. Give it all 
you have, and it will be a much 
smoother ride, when the Cadet or 
Cub leaves the runway stretching 


The mob is gathered around the 
piano, any piano, whether it be in 
the dining hall, the second floor 
of Memorial Hall, or in one of the 
dorms. Re(|uests are piling in and 
the smiling blond with the G. I. 
hair cut is doing his best to satisfy 
everyone. First it's classical, then 
jive, rumbas, or what have you. 
At any rate, even the newest "jeep" 
would know that Ab. is giving 

Ab Davis, one of the hottest of 
our "hot pilots", first saw the 
light of day on May 6, 1922 in 
New Haven, Conn. His early days 
were spent in the very shadows 
of the ivy covered walls of Yale 
University, but upon graduation 
from New Haven High School In 
1940, Ab turned his steps toward 
Dartmouth at Hanover, New 

At Dartmouth, Ab was pledged 
to the D.K.E. fraternity, having 
as his roommate, Warren Leopold, 
also stationed at the 58th. Here 
Ab started on the road to ruin 
under the guidance of the great 
Leo and the "Leb Debs". He was 
enrolled in the Amos Tuck School 
of Business Administration, and 
planned a business career upon 

Continued on Page 4 


In the- future Aviation Students 
will wear name plates on the outer 
garment at all times except on 
Open Post. This plate will con- 
tain the last name, first name 
and middle initial, squadron, and 
class. The new indentification bad- 
ges will be worn just above the 
left breast pocket of the shirt 
or blouse, or in the same position 
on the fatigues and overcoat. 

The plates are available at the 
College Store and should be ac- 
quired at your earliest convenience. 

This system, will facilitate iden- 
tification of the aviation students 
at the 58th. Student officers will 
be known, as well as the "jeeps". 
It will no longer be necessary to 
ask everyone in sight as to the 
whereabouts of a new man, the 
officers vidll find all necessary 
information without questioning, 
and definitely "that something new 
will be added" to everyone on the 


'Hh ike Gockpit' 

By Leonard Samuels 

Did you know that Mr. Johnson, manager of Draper Hall, 
gets a ration coupon for each aviation student? And let me 
tell you he's right on the ball trying to get the best food to 
feed the cream of the crop. (That's us.) 

Did you know that the beautiful girls on the chow line 
are also doing their part to 'help serve the soldiers? Let's 
give them that Pepsodent smile every time you go by. 

Did you know that Capt. Congleton, dressed in fatigues, 
helmet and leggings, was out in the woods fighting a forest 
fire with forty other volunteers? When the truck finally 
came back, they looked like the front line of a minstrel show. 

Did you know that part of the men in Quintile E are cele- 
brating the fact that they actually spent five months in the 
58th C. T. D. ? 

Did you know that. A|S Ryan is the proud father of an 
8 lb. baby boy? It's easy to tell who he is, because he is still 
handing out cigars. 

A|iS (South of the Iviason-Dixon Line) Wheeler, is the 
co-champion from the State of Florida. He broke the 220 
yard record. 

Incidentally, my father used to be a famous doctor, but he 
performed an illegal operation. He opened a guy's head 
with a hammer. 

To-night yours truly is just a little nervous due to the 
fact that tomorrow will be my first flight and I hope it's 
not my last. (P.S. I have never been up in the blue before 
and I hope I won't wind up covered with blue.) 

A|S Safarawitz has credited to his name 500 solo hours. 
Let me tell you, he really brags. It's a known fact that hot 
air rises. 

A|S Singleton who broke every speed record with his 
six cylinder Frankenstein, parked his car next to two ash- 
cans. One ashcan turned to the other and said, "LOOK, 
that's the thing I was telling you about." 

This week I asked for an overnight pass and I had to fill 
out a whole page of information. I'm glad I didn't ask for a 

I have moved 12 times. If I have to move once more, I'll 
be in the market for a trailer. 

TjSgt. Virelle invited me out to dinner the other evening. 
The steak was so thin we had to get up three times and 
close the window. The draft kept blowing it off the plate. 
I couldn't cut my steak so I called over the waiter. He said, 
"Sorry I can't do anything for you, you bent it". Sgt. said, 
"Call in the manager". He said, "It's no use, he won't eat 
it either". I said, "Take it out to the cook". He said, "Sorry, 
but there are four others ahead of you." (P.S. The cook 
must be very religious because he served me a burnt offering 
for a sacrifice.) 

Did you know that a certain A|S gave his wife's girdle 
for the rubber drive. Now she's suing him for support. 


Conli/i»eJ from Pjge i 
During his college days, our hot 
pilot enlisted in the C. P. T. pro- 
gram, and now has close to 100 
solo, hours to his credit, both in 
the familiar Piper Cub and the 
heavier Waco biplane. 

Ab was inducted into the Air 
Corps in Manchester, New Hamp- 
shire early in March and was one 
of the fortunate men to make the 
long trip to Keesler Field for his 
basic training. Upon completion of 
his army training, his desires as 
to the type of plane he flies are 
indefinite; anything will suit him 
as long as it has wings. 

Hobbies: flying, golf, riding a 
speeding motor-cycle in any di- 
rection, and last but not least, the 
aforementioned _ love for music. 
Yes, sir, he can really make that 
piano talk. 


John T. Foyneis 

Thursday, when Capt. Congleton 
C. 0. of the 58th, appeared at the 
physical training class of Class 7, 
and asked for volunteers to fight 
a fire then raging in the wooded 
slopes around Lake Wyola, he was 
literally swamped with volunteers. 
Forty-two men piled out of the 
truck an hour later at the base 
of Mt. Wyola in Pelham to begin 
a day of work that would put any 
P. T. workout to shame. 

Thanks to the recent rain the 
rapid advance of the fire had been 
checked, and the job of exting- 
uishing the flames and smoulder- 
ing stumps fell to the volunteers 
of the 58th. Aroundthe edges of 
the blackened area, our men, in- 
cluding Capt. Congleton, carried 
hose, dug trenches and cleared 
away under brush. 

About noon one of the men 
nudged his nearest buddie and 
asked for a smoke. How was he 
to know the Captain had donned 
fatigues, leggings, and helmet to 
pitch in along -vyith the sweltering 
fire-devils from Mass. State. Pos- 
sibly our C. 0. didn't have a smoke 
at any rate a short time there- 
after he distributed two cartons 
among the boys, probabJy to spare 
them any further embarrassment. 

At 1600, with the fire well under 
control, the A|S's took a quick 
plunge in the Lake to wash off 
the accumulated grime and smoke 
and then headed for home, tired 
but jubilant. They had finished 
a good job and had an opportusity 
to discover for themselves the new 
limits of their physical endurance. 

So You Want A Pass? 

(This appears for the enlight- 
qjent" of our new arrivals. Heed 
well, so there will be an under- 
standing of the procedure neces- 
sary in obtaining a pass ! ! ) 

Applications for an overnight are 
easily obtained from your first ser- 
geant or the non-com in charge of 
your barracks. This application 
must be neatly printed in ink and 
turned in to the above named par- 
ties no later than 1200, on the 
Thursday preceeding the week- 
end for which the pass is desired. 
No applications will be accepted 
after this time ! 

Now follows the process of elim- 
ination since only a certain limit- 
ed number of passes may be is- 

The tactical non-coms who de- 
termine whether you are on guard 
duty or not and who also awards 
your tours is the first reviewer 
of your application. If you are not 
"in his books" the application then 
moves on to your tactical officer. 

The lieutenant usually receives 
at least twice the number of appli- 
cations that can be granted, and 
it is his task to evaluate the wor- 
thiness of each request. This is 
by no means an easy job! How- 
ever, after careful consideration, 
the total number of foi-ms has 
been whittled down by this time 
to usually 150 per cent of those 
that can be granted. 

At this .point academic stand- 
ings are brought forth (every two 
weeks H. Q. receives a list of 
grades for the entire detachment 
from the college authorities) and 
weigh heavily in determining 
whether or not applications will 
be approved or rejected. 

If by this time the quota al- 
lotted is still too great, the ap- 
plications reach our C. O. who 
has the unpleasant duty of re- 
jecting the excess amount. How- 
ever, it is extremely rare that 
the applications are of such a num- 
ber that many rejections result. 
Usually the total number are ap- 
proved, as the quota is not ex- 

Before making a request, you 
would do well to consider whether 
or not you really require an over- 
night pass. Keep in mind the fact 
that you may be depriving one of 
your buddies an opportunity to 
spend the weekend with his wife. 

Remember ! Urgency, a c a ■ 
demic standing, neatness, and ad- 
herence to the prescribed proced- 
ure are necessary factors in ob- 
taining a weekend permission ! 





Take ojS^ 





Vol I No: 20 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., JULY 31, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Detachment Gets 

New Colors 

The presentation of new colors 
to the 58th College Training De- 
tachment by the Rotary Club of 
Amherst will take place this Mon- 
day afternoon. The ceremony is 
to take place at 1700 on the Am- 
herst Village Green. 

The occasion will be highlighted 

by the appearance of Lt. Carl 

Wildner, a navigator in one of 

the Mitchell's that made the fa- 

moiis raid on Tokyo, led by Gen- 

, eral Jimmy Doolittle. Lt. Wildner 

, will present the colors to the De- 

I tachment on behalf of the Rotary, 

y Club. 

' Lt. Wildner is a graduate of 
■ M. S. C, has received the Disting- 
uished Service Cross for his part 
;' in the Tokyo mission and was per- 
i sonally decorated by Madame 
Chiang Kai-Shek for his work in 
behalf of all free people. 

The committee in charge of the 
presentation is composed of Pres- 
ident Stanley King of Amherst 
College, President H. P. Baker of 
M. S. C, President E. M. Whit- 
,- Comb of the First National Bank 
of Amherst and L. H. Hawley, 
Treasurer of M. S. C. 

There will also be a large num- 
ber of high ranking officers of 
the Army and Navy at the pres- 
entation ceremonies; Colonel Ap- 
\ lington, Xt. Col.. Barton, Lt. Phel- 
Continued on Page 4 


Take Off extends to the members 
of the Detachment who have had 
some newspaper e.xperience or 
v/ritlng experience an opportunity 
to gain a positiion on the Take 
Off staff. Any one interested in 
wj-iting for Take Off please see 
AS'Shearen Elebash in Lewis Hall. 

U,SM> Troupes 
To Come Soon 

August bi'ings with it at least 
two evenings packed with enter- 
tainment. On Tuesday night at 
2000 in Bowker Auditorium the 
fourth in the series of U. S. O. 
shows will come to the men of the 
58th C. T. D. Troup No. 10 is led 
by little Johnny Jones, the ma- 
gician, as the Master of Ceremon- 
ies. With him will be Lauren and 
Ginger, a well known musical act. 
The dance routine of Ruth Arden 
and Bog Edwards will swing out 
with some fancy steps that niost 
of the men have never seen. 

Later in the month another show 
will fee 'presented by the U. S. 0. 
Al Sherman will act as M. C. and 
will present such stars as Helen 
Lewis, dancer; Fern Downes, ac- 
cordion player; Patty Thomas, dan- 
cer and singer ;and Elaine La- 
Touse, singer. The shows in the 
past have been well received and 
without a doubt these new pro- 
ductions will continue to enter- 
tain the Aviation students. 

Lt Miller Leaves 58th C.T.D. 
To Attend Tactical School 

Plans To Return 
To Mass State 


A U. S. O. dance will be held in 
the Drill Hall on Saturday, July 
31st from 8:30 to 11:30 P.M. The 
music will be furnished by the 
College Training Detachment's or- 
chestra. Junior hostesses from 
Mass. State College, Smith College, 
and the town of Amkerst will at- 
tend. Any men desiring to bring 
their own dates may obtain guest 
cards from Lt. Madison, this week 

The motion picture, Just Off 
Broadway, will be shown in That- 
cher Hall at 8:00 P. M. 

The following are the religious 
services for Sunday: 

Roman Catholic at St. Brigid's 
Church at 8:30 A.M. 

Protestant Service in Memorial 
at 9:00 A.M. instead of 8:45 A.M. 

Jewish Services at 389 N. Pleas- 
ant Street at 2:00 P.M. followed 
by a lawn party. 

The Hill's Memorial Club House, 
at the comer of Triangle and Main 
streets, will be open on Sunday 
afternoon from 2:00 to 5:30 P.M. 
and the U. S. O. Club House wall 
be open as usual. 

Picnic Success For 
Graduating Sq, E 

Belchei-town Middle Pond, echoed 
and re-echoed yesterday as the 
graduating class from the 58th 
took command of this scenic spot. 

With classes and flying com- 
pleted, Squadron E. assembled on 
the road behind the barracks, 
boarded several Army trucks, and 
the party was on. Pfs. Doc Sauls 
and T|Sgt. Virelle wheeled the big 
vans over the road, and soon the 
lake was covered with flashing 
forms. The water was perfect, and 
several hours were spent churning 
around near the beach. 

Capt. Congleton arrived upon the 
scene a few minutes later and was 
greeted by the enthusiastic crowd, 
desirous of showing their apprecia- 
tion for his untiring efforts on 
their behalf. He was first heralded 
with the Air Corps Song — fol- 
lowed by three cheers for Capt. 
Congleton, and "he's a jolly good 

Continued on Page 4 

Lt. George Miller left last week 
to attend a Tactical Officers School 
at Randolph Field, Texas. He will, 
under present orders, return to the 
58th after a months training and 
resume his duties as Tactical Of- 
ficer, and Postal Officer. 

Advisor — Friend 
Lt. Miller, who came to this de- 
tachment last March, has served 
as Tactical Officer for almost ev- 
ery squadron in the detachment 
and was the advisor and friend of 
many men on this post. According 
to Lt. Miller in a statement to 
Take Off: "There is not one per 
cent of the men sent to the College 
Training Detachment who do not 
have what it takes to get through. 
The difference between the one 
per cent and those who do fail lies 
in the amount of individual effort 

One Step Closer 

Lt. Miller considers his new 
training as a real opportunity to 
learn a great deal and it is, "one 
step closer to overseas duty". Lt. 
Miller's early training after Of- 
ficers Candidate School was in tac- 
tical work and the school he is now 
attending in Randolph is a con- 
tinuation of this work. 

The Staff of Take Off ^wishes 
to extend to Lt. Miller »very good 
wish and thank him for his advice 
and friendship. Lt. Miller preceed- 
ed Lt. Edmund Kelly as advisor 
to this staff. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Shearen Elebash — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

) Owen Johnson — Managing Editor 

Alan Kane — News Editor 

Paul Madden — Art Editor 

Ray Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Martin Smith Ben Katz Bob Classman 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 

This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 

views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


.... although we separate .... 

We must say goodbye again to men we have come to know 
and admire and although we have said many goodbyes of 
late, some of us still can't see friends go without a heavy 

Old Keesler Field's Squadron 28 must make another break 
and friends of five months — five busy months in which 
we experienced a tremendous social readjustment together, 
must part. - 

It is well to remember that the best in every man will 
stay behind in the minds of his friends. The best chuckles, 
the longest beer, and the little things that make friends 
under adverse conditions, will always be remembered. 

Although we separate we still have a common purpose 
and a common heritage to protect. We shall learn the same 
ways of war well and then the same ways of peace. We can 
be sure that living together has made us richer in under- 
standing. - . . - 

"Good luck and good hunting." 


The new board of the TAKE OFF cannot presume to 
take its position without mentioning the exceedingly good 
workfi of its predecessors — four men who have worked 
hard and long on TAKE OFF are leaving the 58th and the 
TAKE OFF — Dan Hannan, Herb Oilman, Arnold Kirstan, 
and Leonard Samuels. 

Those of us who had the privilege of working with them 
know and admire them and it is with a real feeling of re- 
gret that we see them go — not so much for the fact that 
we have turned the paper out together each week, as that 
they are old and good friends. 

The TAKE OFF Wishes its own men fie best of luck and 
fully understands that it will be very difficult to fill the 
footsteps tread so wfell in print. 

In Person 

Talented, red-haired, Paul Mad- 
den of Winthrop, Mass. and Lewis 
Hall is responsible for the por- 
trait of Lt. Miller on the front 
page of this week's TAKE OFF 
and the sketch of Sgt. Dan Brown 
which appeared in last week's is- 

Born by the sea in Winthrop 
on a windy March day in 1922, 
Paul probably caught his artistic 
soul off a good sea breeze and 
having nurtured and warmed it 
by study and a joy of working, 
it has matured and grown strong. 
High School Days 

In early high school days Mad- 
den turned to the theatre and 
acted for a number of summers 
in an amateur theatre group in 
his home town. Perhaps the stage 
lost a Barrymore or a Howard but 
the art world gained a Barclay 
or a Flagg. Anyway, Paul started 
studying art in the Mass. School 
of Art in Boston and comniuted 
from Winthrop to Boston. After 
spending almost two and a half 
years working hard in Art School, 
he entered the Army as a poten- 
tial Aviation Cadet. 

Working in Boston, Paul helped 
turn out several posters for de- 
fense and war work and welfare 
societies. Dmring his summer va- 
cations he did newspaper work in 
a composing room and operated a 
rotary press. 

Artistic, still practical, Paul is 
interested in advertising . . . not 
writing copy, but in doing the 
sketches and painting for adver- 
tisements. He maintains that more 
can be said with a picture in an 
advertisement than in an abun- 
dance of copy. 

Quiet and sometimes shy — al- 
ways dignified. Madden believes 
that "a guy in the art world has 
got to see the world. He's got to 
know a little about everything." 
It is in this respect that he be- 
lieves tlie army will help his work. 

Paul will stand aside and look 
you over. He's interested in the 
face you're weai^ng and p'erhaps, 
more than that, you wh» wears the 

When this business of fight'ng 
is all over our talented friend will 
go back to school. According to 
him, the trends in art as well as 
in advertising Aange tremendous- 
ly in a short time. He'll be work- 
ing for a big firm rather than his 
own firm, and he'll be doing sket- 
ches f»r the beet advertisers in 
the country. 


by John Churchill 
We came here in April. All of 
us who are going out today ar- 
rived in April. We came here steep- 
ed in the teachings of a thoroughly 
G.I. Army. We had never known 
any other kind of army existence, 
and what we met here was so 
pleasantly different from and bet- 
ter than what had gone before that 
this seemed to be an Army post 
only in name. We knew already 
what it was to be buck privates. 
We knew remotely and by hear- 
say the status of a cadet. But we 
found ourselves in a transitional, 
preparatory state, neither one 
thing nor the other. 

We were grateful for being sent 
back to New England, to another 
New England summer in the coun- 
try that is home to most of us. We 
made many new friends here and 
will now say good-bye to them, 
wishing them all the luck in this 
thing that wje hope for ourselves. 
All summer we have studied and 
trained physically with flying as 
our end, but during these months 
we felt as far from the realities of 
this war as any civilian. Then one 
day we went down to Westfield 
and plunged abruptly into our first 
flying. We got an awful lot in a 
record short time. And suddenly 
the full importance and implication 
of what we are all doing together 
came to us with full force. 

We are going out now to play 

our role in what vrill probably be 

the final great air battles of this 

war. Our particular job is tre- 

CoK'.iuued on Page 4 

Octet Meeting 

Tuesday Night 

There will be a meeting of the 
Octet in Memorial Hall on Tues- 
day Night August 3, at 1S40. Thi« 
meeting will facilitate the reorgan- 
ization of the Octet in view of re- 
cent loss of members. 

All men interested in singing 
should be present and the meeting 
will be devoted to some group 
singing. Men 'of Squack-on B are 
especially urged to be present since 
'they will be here We greatest 
length of time. 

Most of the songs used by the- 
Octet and those that will be used 
for group singing come from the 
"Yale Song Book". Suggestions are 
always in order and "all songs are 
possibilities for fo«r part ba«-- 


NCO's At Hdqtrs 

In an article of a few weeks ago, 
TAKE OFF introduced the officers 
and non-commissioned officers 
to the new men (now of Squadron 
B). The non-commissioned officers 
mentioned in the article were for 
the most part tactical non-com- 
missioned officers. TAKE OFF now 
takes the opportunity to introduce 
-to the men of the detachment, who 
do not know them, the non-com- 
missioned officers who spend most 
their time in the office of head- 
quarters doing clerical and filing 

Post Sgt. Major Theodore C. Mc- 
Question is in charge of the head- 
quarters offices with Sgt. P. F»ld- 
man in charge of the payroll and 
service records. Sgt. Kenneth 
Combs attends to the filing and 
makes up the Morning Reports 
ior Headquarters. Staff Sgt. Fran- 
cis P. Carmody is the statistical 
non^om for the Post, 

PFR Affects 
Combat Status 

A recent Southeast Training 
Command directive has been re- 
ceived by our Physical Training 
instructors, to the effect that in 
the future all combat air crew as- 
signments will be based on the 
Physical Fitness Ratings of, "Ex- 
cellent" or "Very Good". In other 
■words, to achiev» combat status 
we must achieve a PFR rating of 
64 or better. 

Also, the directive calls for 
PFR's to be given only twice. The 
first one to be given a week after 
arrival and the second one, one 
week before departure from the 

Buy War Bonds 

A recent report from Sgtr, 
Feldman shows that the detach- 
ment is far behind in its quota of 
War Bonds. We should look to the 
futHre today, by buying Bonds, 
fer they are a share of the future 
tifat will be ours. Let's buy more 
Btnnids, to buy more b*mbs. 

"My Friends" 

Last Wednesday night our Pres- 
ident made reference to the pre- 
vailing over-optimism and undue 
pessimism among the fighters on 
the home front. We in the armed 
forces would do well to check 
both extreme points of view. 

On the one hand, there is the 
tendency, due to recent develop- 
ments in Italy, to regard the war 
in Europe as practicatly over. 
"Didn't I tell you that once we 
brought pressure on the Italian 
people, Benito and Co., would 'take 
a powder'? We'll do the same 
thing to the Germans, and Adolph 
will be in the same boat within 
a- couple of months ! "The Japs ? 
They'll be no trouble — once Eu- 
rope is pacified, we'll b'e able 
to gang up on them and inside 
of six months Tojo's sun will be 
permanently set ! " Those who are 
of this opinion feel that there is 
very little sense in really applying 
themselves to their utmost and 
might just as well relax, as vic- 
tory is "in the bag". 

Then, to the opposite extreme, 
there are those who have the con- 
viction that, despite the overwhelm- 
ing victories of late, the war will 
be of at least five more years 
duration. "What if we have the 
Italians on the run? Look at the 
Russian front; attack after attack 
repulsed by the Germans, and no 
sign of them weakening; what a- 
bout the supposed devastating 
raids on Germany?, we still haven't 
an invasion force on the contin- 
ent, and remember Dieppe! Look 
at the Pacific theatre of operations; 
every day that passes sees the Nips 
I exploiting their newly acquired 
resources to such a degree that 
it will result in years of siege to 
oust them from their outposts!" 
These people with their bleak out- 
look shirk their duties, justifying 
such acts with the argument that 
there is no hope of their ever 
returning to the America they left, 
as the interim of so many years 
of strife will cause irreparable 
damage. And they won't be re- 
turning anyway, so why be dili- 
gent ? 

To those who share either of 
these view points, let them heed 
the words of the Executive to the 
effect that the war will be over 
only through constant, diligent ef- 
fort, and, if there be any doubt of 
our progaess,' let them compare 
our pesrfcion of a year ago with 
that of today, Also let them re- 
Cotttinued on Pttge 4 

Historic Amherst 

by Pfc. Abbott 

Many of you fellows, particu- 
larly you men who have just ar- 
rived here, probably know very 
little about New England and, eb- 
cause of your unique position here, 
know less about the tovwi of Am- 
herst. I am prompted to write 
about the town, because of the fact 
that I myself was quite ignor- 
ant of its history and, I might add, 
its beauty at the time of my ar- 
rival. It was a windy March day 
when I reached here and at that 
time Amherst is cold and bleak. 
The campus here was covered with 
snow, the pond almost frozen over, 
and the sky was leaden gray. There 
was a certain beauty about the 
place; but I was too cold to ad- 

I mire it. 

i As the months passed, however, 
green grass and the warm sun 
soon changed my original impres- 
sion. I began to admire the old 
New England homes with their 
white fences, old hitching posts, 
and the old Elm trees along the 

I Incorporated 1759 

' Amherst is an old town, it being 
incorporafed in 1759 by Governor 
Pownall in honor of his friend 
Lord Jeffery Amherst. Long before 
that, however, the town was one 
of the precincts of Hadley which 
is located to the west between 
Amherst and Northampton. The 
majority of the original settlers 
oif the town were of English an- 
cestry. Their forefathers had set- 
tled in Hartford, Conn, in 1633. 

As I mentioned before, Amherst 
broke away from Hadley in the 
year 1759. ' 

During the American Revolu- 
tion the people of Amherst inclu- 
ded both Toi-ies and Whigs. The 
upper classes remained loyal to the 
King of England. When Burgoyne 
was defeated, he fled through the 
hills around the town. The whig 
faction imprisoned the Tories in 

, the Stockbridge House, which is 
located here, and was at this time an 
Inn. To digress a bit, the Stock- 

I bridge House was built in 1728 
by a Samuel Boltwood. In 1864 
it was purchased by the Mass. 
Agricultural College. Later it was 
used as' the first studio of Daniel 
Chester French, the sculptor. There 
are many other famous houses lo- 
cated here. To mention a few: the 
Boltwood House, built in. 1745, the 
Strong House, built in 1744, Emily 
Dickinson's home, 'Bianchi', the 
Conlinutd on Page 4 

Did You Know? 

That out of our new contingent 
three aviation students have lieu- 
tenant colonels in their immediate 

That A|S Frank Musika of 
Coatesville, Penn. was nothing 
short of a sensation as captain of 
the football and track teams of 
Temple University. He holds the 
state championship in the one-half 
mile relay for 1940. 

That A|S Henry Watkins was on 
the Texas All State and All Star 
football teams. 

That A|S Rudolph Weeks played 
first Chair Baritone Horn in the 
"All New England" Band for two 

That AIS James Wright pos- 
sesses many sport trophies that 
yours truly found it impossible 
to decipher here on his history 

That AjS Roland Gorman's best 
accomplishment is goofing off. Did 
you know that, Sergeant Virelle? 

That A|S Robert Rhodes of 
South Williamsport, Penn. was on 
the All State Football Team and 
Band. Versatile, isn't he ? Also, 
the mayor of Shenandoah, Penn. 
is his relative. 

That we recognized good mater- 
ial in our new Squadron B without 
having to look at their history 
cards. Here's wishing you the beet 
of luck, fellows. 

Picnic Success 

Continued from Page 1 
Then the trucks put in a second 
appearance, this time loaded to 
the side bords with food, still hot 
from the stoves in the dining hall. 
Mr. Johnson (permanent party for 
the day) was in charge of this 
end of the festivities, and his ef- 
forts exceeded the highest hopes 
of all. Hot fried chicken, potato 
salad, baked beans, coke and ice 
cream, coffee and milk, covered 
the tables. 

After the area was policed under 
the aagle eye of "Mom" Virelle, the 
men turned upon their guardian, 
unceremoniously removed his shoes 
and watch, and tossed him into the 
lake. The Sarge emerged with t 
grin from ear to ear. What a 
man! A Sgt. who has constantly 
guided us at the 58th. A man who 
has been a friend to all — and 
one we will never forget. 

To Capt. Congleton, Lt. Kelly, 
Mr. Johnson, and our non-coms, 
and all who made this picnic pos- 
sible, we can only say — "Thanks 
from the bott»m of o«ir hearts." 


'dn %e Qockfii' 

By Leonard Samuels 

So you eniisted to make an ace of yourself? I, too, wanted 
to be a great pilot and now they call me "Puke" Samuels. 
In the past six days out at Barnes "Clean It Up" Airport 
I leai-ned how to dig holes, stake down planes, sweep hang- 
ers, and wash planes. In between times I flew. Or should I 
say had ten hours of nervous breakdowns. Way up in the 
blue, we have those mental midgets called "Gremlins", com- 
monly known as convection currents or rather convulsion 
currents, and if we are really bothered by the knockabout 
effects of our plane, we land, come out of the plane looking 
like a white Zombie carrying an ice cream box full of the 
result of air space hangover and Ue down in a corner to 
find out what happened to our stomach. 

Of course, we have our "Super Duper" pilots, who do such 
things as taking off on three different runways, landing 
on the Macadam runway instead of the turf and many other 
things that you yourself will find out when you become "Hot 

The real important thing out at the airport is the lunch 
hour. After all you must eat, and what goes down must 
come up; and when you come down from a flight your food 
comes up — occasionally. 

Our instructors, the geniuses, are sweet, loving individuals 
who never say a harsh word to the Aviation Students — 
except when they talk. In fact though, they really are a swell 
bunch of fellows and do a hangup job of instructing. I really 
enjoyed my time at the airport, and I hope those slap happy 
pilots who will follow in my footsteps do a swell job because 
they have" a great future. 

This is my last column and my five months at M. S. C. 
(which is rare) have made me as happy as if I were in my 
normal mind. I met many beautiful young girls here; some 
had baby faces, one tooth, and some had faces like an un- 
made bed. The one that I went with had so many cavities in 
her mouth that every time she talked she had an echo. She 
invited me to a party and there were so many of her rel- 
atives around that we had to play Bingo for the bathroom. 
At one o'clock I asked her to marry me. She was so sur- 
prised that she dropped her teeth and told me that I would 
have to ask her papa. I went over and said "I would like to 
marry your daughter." He asked me if I had a family tree 
and I replied, "Heck, I haven't even got a flower pot." He 
said, "You are penniless." But I came back with "That's 
nothing, when the Czar got married he was Nicholas." 

I'm really going to miss the swell times I have had at 
M. S. C. and T|Sgt. Mom Virelle, that little dandruff trying 
to get ahead; S|Sgt. Jack Bell and his happy little supply 
room, working to keep all the boys happy and all the other 
N. C. O.'s and Officers who are really trying to make things 
as comfortable as possible. 

Farewell To The 58th 

Continued from Page 2 
mendously involved and complica- 
ted. We must be precision experts 
in a dozen different fields. Our 
training, really just beginning now, 
is going to be as intensive as any 
in the world. Our- few hours of 
flying here have resulted in the 
revelation of a great purpose and 
incentive to direct our efforts. We 
are leaving now. with our eyes in 
the skies and on the future, with 
hardly a backward glance". We 
are only beginners, able to vis- 
ualize a great future in military 
aviation, where the successful and 
lucky ones among us will fly the 
fastest, most highly povv^ered air- 
craft in the world in what is al- 
ready seen to be the victorious 

leg of this war. 


Historic Amherst 

Continued from Page 3 
Homestead, another old house on 
the campus. Many of these houses 
are open to the publ:c and are 
well worth visiting. 

Famous People 

Many famous people also have 

lived in Amherst. Noah Webster 

lived in this town approximately 

ten years. President Calvin Cool- 

"My Friends" 

Continued jrom Page 3 
member, although one of the three 
"gangs" has been sent reeling, 
there are still two to go, and they 
will not be disposed of until siich 
time that we are sitting in their 
backyards ! ! ! 

Detachment Gets New Colors 

CcKtinued jrom Page 1 
an, Lt. Parliment, Lt. Manno, Lt. 
Woodworth of the U. S. N. and 
the officers from the 58th, Capt. 
Congleton, Lt. Madison, Lt. Kel- 
ly, and Lt. Grossman. 

The entire detachment, ac<;om- 
panied by the band, will march to 
the village green for the ceremon- 

idge, Henry Ward Beecher, Rob- 
ert Frost, and others too numerous 
to mention were all in some way 
connected with the town. It would 
take months to compile an accurate 
history of this New England town. 
If what I have mentioned here 
makes you think a bit and ex- 
amine for yourselves, then I have 
not written in vain . . . 





Take «^ 





"""■ • 

Vol. I No. 21 

58th C.T.D., AMHERST, MASS., AUGUST 7, 1943 

Subscription Free 

Lt. John Slate 
Joins 58th C.T.D. 

Coming out of the far north 
last week, Lt. John W. Slate re- 
placed Lt. George D. Miller at 58th 
C.T.D. With this change at Head- 
quarteis it would appear that all 
our Officers are almost old friends. 
You will recall that Lt.'s Kelly 
and Miller met at O.C.S. in Miami, 
Florida, and fate or the guiding 
hand of the Army Air Corps shuf- 
fled these together at Mass. State. 
Our new Officer told this reporter 
that his biggest surprise of all 
was when he was introduced at H. 
Q., Lt. Madison came in and after 
a brief pause, Lt. Slate found that 
*hey were in the same Squadron 
at Miami, Florida. It's a small 
world and the Old 58th is fortu- 
nate in having these Officers to- 
gether, cooperating now to nrake 
our Detachment tops in the South- 

Civilian Days 

As we look back on Lt. Slate's 
past Civilian days, we discover 
him to be a native of North Caro- 
lina. In high school he starred as a' 
track man, the one half mile was 
his speciality. Shortly thereafter, 
he attended Wake Forest, that 
sturdy little College of the South, 
For two years he "boned" the text 
books and raced on the cinder 
track. Although Wake Forest was 
his "first love" Lt. Slate trans- 
ferred to t he University of North 
Carolina and in "39" was gradu- 
ated with « B.S. in Business Ad- 

The hard impersonal world out- 
side the protecting walls of a 
college campus offered qualms to 
our new officer. Soon after College, 
he took his place in the business 
werld as a salesman for La France 
Company •f Philadelphia and Phil- 
ips Davis Industries of High Point 
N. C. 

Drafted into the Services early 
in 1942, Lt. Slate was inducted at 
Ft. Bragg and shortly after was 
sent to Sheppard Field for four 
months basic trainaag. After ae- 
Continued »n Pa^ 3 

To the new men about to swell 
the ranks »f the 58th C.T.D., the 
Detachment extends a most hearty 
welcome. You are about to take the 
first step in the long climb toward 
the attainment of a pair of silver 
wings, which is the one ambition 
of every aviation student. 

Your job is no bed of roses, you 
are here to become physically fit, 
mentally equipped, and properly 
disciplined, in order to assume the 
duties of an officer in the Army 
Air Forces. Those who have gone 
before you and have successfully 
completed their training advise 
you to make the most of every op- 
portunity and assure you that the 
i-eward is well worth the effort. 


The Take Off in behalf of the 
entire 58th C. T. D. wishes to 
extend its congratulations to Mr. 
Fred West and Miss Jeannie Lin- 
berg who ax-e to be man-ied today, 
August 7th at 11:10 A.M. in Am- 
kerst. Both Fred and Jeannie have 
been seeing to our well being thru 
their efforts in our mess hall. Jean- 
nie's home town is Newtonville, 
Mass. and Fred resides in Milton, 
Mass. Best of luck to two swell 
people . . ! 

Detachment War Bond Drive 
To Commence Monday Night 

Squadrons Compete 
For Highest Rating 


The "Take Off" extends to old 
and new m^ibers who have had 
writing experience or newspaper 
ex]»erience, the opportunity to be- 
come a member of the staff. Any- 
one interested in working for the 
"Take Off" see , A|S Shearen Ele- 
bash in room No. 210, Lewis Hall. 

Permanent Party 
To Take P.RR. 

Dees anyone want Corporals 
Robbin's or Smith's jebs? Yoa 
do? You think that it's easy? 
You want to sit in a swivel chair, 
Aviation Students. Well, you are 
wrong and you really don't want 
to be permanent party at Mass. 
State, for they must take a pe- 
riodical P. F. R. from this date on. 

Upon the arrival of this infor- 
mation, consternation (could it be 
fear) filled the offices of our erst- 
while pea-manent parties. Your re- 
porter, who was on hand, as us- 
Continued on Page } 


Weekend Activities 

The moving picture, "Footlight 
Serenade", will be shown in Bow- 
ker Auditorium Saturday at 2000 
for the members of the 58th C. T. 
D. and friends. The Amherst Thea- 
tre will show "Osney Island" Sat- 
urday and "Bombftdier", Sunday, 
plus short subjects. 


For those who wish to go to 
Northampton the Calvin Theatre 
presents "Bataan" with Robert 
Taylor and "Cinderella Swings It" 
with Guy Kibbee. At the Academy 
"Stage Door Canteen" will be seen, 
plus selected short subjects. Look 
Park will be open to picnickers 
and swimmers Saturday and Sun- 

Saturday and Sunday the U. S. 
O. Club House on Spring Street 
will be open and an extension 
U. S. 0. for reading and writing 
will be open in the basement of 
the First Congregational Church. 
American Legion 

The Hills Memorial Club House, 
corner of ' Triangle and Main 
Streets, will be open Sunday af- 
ternoon from 1430 to 1730. Dan- 
cing with Junior hostesses and bad- 
minton, croquet, cards, ping pong, 
horse shoe pitching, and refresh- 
ments will feature the afternoon. 

The American Legion Hall op- 
posite the Drake Hotel will hold 
open house to all members of the 
58th C. T. D. M«l guests. 

Beginning Monday night the 58th. 
will launch a War Bond Drive 
to make the Detachment rate 100 
per cent in War Bond sales. The 
goal of the drive vidll be to have 
every man on the Post own a bond. 

The Drive will be run on a 
competition basis between the 
squadrons. A final report will be 
published in next week's Take Off. 

A|S Harold W. Wadman will be 
in charge of the drive in Squad- 
ron B and he will be assisted by 
A[S Morris Hafner, A|S Ellis Col- 
linsworth and A|S William Strong. 
Squadron C's drive will be handled 
by A|S William Berryman, A|S 
J. Fra:nk, A|S P. Arpin, and AjS 
G. Collins. 

A[S John C. Caldwell is in 
charge of the drive in the Flights 
and he will be aided by A|S Ben 
KAtz, A|S Robert Mielke, and A|S 
Fred Strathmeyer. 

C.T.D. Transfer 

In a recent announcement re- 
ceived at Headquarters, a number 
of College Tsaining Detachments 
were transferred from the Gulf 
Coast Training Command to the 
South East Training Command. 

Most of the College Training De- 
tachments were in the middU west. 
It is quite probable that many of 
the men with whom aviation stu- 
dents of this Detachment associa- 
ted in Basic Training have been 
included in the transfer. 

This transfer will not increase 
the quota of men to come from the 
remaining Detachments in the 
South Hast since their detachments 
have alrsady b«en supplying the 
Gsdf Co«st centers. 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst; Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Shearen Elebash — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Owen Johnson — Managing Editor 

Alan Kane — News Editor 

Paul Madden — Art Editor 

Kramer — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Ben Katz Bob Classman 

D. W. Brooks William Berryman 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War* Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


Martin Smith 


If, by any chance, you had a notebook or scrapbook full 
of memories — incidents and experiences that you have 
known ; you would find a place in it for the months you have 
spent at Mass. State and there would be many chuckles and 
smiles when you remembered little things that happened — 
For example: 

"You must remember this": 'Mom' Virelle's speeches on 
the road behind Thatcher and at Guard Mount .... Cor- 
poral Robbins calling you"Little Joe" .... Sgt. Brown's 
"American Beauty" rose and his favorite expression: "I'll 
tell him when he comes in" . . . Wild Bill Gauntlett leading P. 
T. Class with that I-never-would-goof-off look . . . Burr head 
Jerry Duvalley and his little red nose . . .A|S Ernest (Clark 
Gable) Drew dancing the Polka and his bird-Hke band direc- 
ting in Bowker . . . The "hot foot" properly delivered as 
in the care of Jack the Great Koran Fisher . . .A|S Garnett 
ThompsoH getting the boys out of bed on the door-to-door 
plan . . . The inevitable superior, sometimes haughty, attitude 
of the "hot pilots" to the G.I. Soldiers they leave behind . . . 
"The Butles Did -It" . . '. Singing in the chower after P.T. 
on Saturday morning . . . U.S.O. shows: Lawrence Tibbett, 
Mary Martin, Cyril Smith . . . The inevitable "But we don't 
have time" . . . Peter Thompson and his virginal Chicago . . . 
AjS Drew registers excitement or consternation: "Whizzies — 
Jeekies ! ! ! 

A bottle of miEk at the Montague farm — The crowded bus 
to Northampton . . . Look Park . . . Rahar's and ToTo's . . . . 

All these and more are warm memories. Frankly, it will 
not be easy to leave the 58th C.T.D. 


It seems to me that I've been do- 
ing too much "preaching" to you 
men oi late. When this column was 
first instituted, its purpose was 
to inform you of what is in store 
for you as Cadets. In the future 
I intend to keep it as informative 
as possible, but today I must 
preach again. Really, I don't in- 
tend to "preach", but do wish to 
explain certain things that seem 
of importance to me at present. 

In the past few weeks there have 
been a number of cl»anges incor- 
porated into the policy of the 58th. 
To mention a few of them, you 
have been given more free time^ 
in order to take care of personal 
problems, etc. You also have a 
better supervised study period, so 
that all of you may receive *iore 
benefit from your academic sub- 
jects. The two I have mentioned 
are important and there are otHters 
pending, but there is one change 
which in my opinion is by far the 
mest important. Namely, added 
stress on military subjects, such 
as discipline and marching. Those 
of you who were here duning the 
first months this detachment was 
in operation must remember the 
important part our "military sub- 
jects" played in the training of the 
students. We had hours of close 
order drill out on the road in back 
of Thatcher Hall, or down on our 
old parade grounds behind the 
athletic field. The boys took those 
parades seriously, and each man 
did his utmost to "win or die" for 
good old Squadron — . Those men 
acquii-ed a spirit I have yet to see 
equaled anywhere in the Armj'. 
Thay could march with "West 
Pointers" and not be put to shame. 
I've seen men cry because they 
lost parade here and I've seen the 
look of pride in the eyes of those 
who won. You may question why 
I tell you these things. I've always 
felt that, "t© do a job right is to 
do it to the best, no one can ever 
censure you". Those men did their 
job to the best of their abilities; 
whether they won or lost, they 
did their best. They realized 
what was asked of them and in 
trying to accomplish that goal 
were better men. When they left 
us, they were proud of the 58th, 
proutl of the Air Corps, and proud 
»f their country. That drill and 
marching had taught them a val- 
uable lesson. It had taught them 
what cooperation and singleness 


He is an unusually short young 
man for age twenty two. This 
John T. Foynes is an unusual 
man. Johnnie was bom in Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts on April 17, 
1921," the first cKild in his family. 
The Foynes lived in Brighton and 
that is John's home at the present 

At Brighton High School A|S 
Foynes went out for sports with 
a lot of interest and ability despite 
his size. Soon he became Captain of 
the Brighton High hockey team 
and was holding down the number 
two sack on the baseball field. On 
graduating from Brighton High, 
Johnnie enrolled in Boston College 
in September of 1939. 

In Boston College Foynes major- 
ed in Accounting and now holds a 
Bachelor of Science in this work. 
He graduated from B.C. in Feb- 
ruary of 1943, already enlisted in 
the Air Corps. 

After the war John will enter 
business and plans to study Law at 
Boston College at night. First, 
however he is interested in flying 
a P-47 and joining his brother 
(who is younger than John) as 
a commissioned officer. John's bro- 
ther is now a 2nd Lieutenant in 
the Air Corg and is a bombadiei\ 

Sometimes consciously cynical, 
John is something of a realist and 
a good practical thinker. A good 
"baloney" from John quickly dis- 
pells the idealistic rantings of his 
roommates and they are immediate- 
ly "down to earth". There is no mis- 
taking his straightforward clear 
cut opinions. He is quiet and dig- 
nified with a manner that is un- 
assuming but persuasive. Never 
too busy to laugh heartily but 
without display, he is full of a 
bubbling wit and smiles an in- 
fectious smile. 

of purpose could accomplish. As 
they go through this war, that 
lesson will go with them. Our war 
will be won by men of their cali- 
bre; men who have learned to pull 
together to attain this goal. I ask 
you men to cooperate as they did 
and learn that same lesson. Take 
this military ti-aining seriously, 
give it all you have, not because 
you are forced to take it, but be- 
cause yo» realize it's purpose. 



Chowline Girls Inaugurate System 

Of Nomenclature For 58th Students 

Irmarie Scheuneman 

Beware you baby beavers lest 
you become a victim of the chow- 
line nomenclature. Already some 
of you have been afflicted and a 
great many more will probably 
become its victims. Many of the 
big beavers have already been 
subject to this strange malady. 
In fact, the terms "baby beaver" 
and "big beaver" are fn them- 
selves a sympton of the distress- 
ing condition, the new cadets being 
baby beavers and the older cadets 
being big ones. The officett-s are 
called "daddy beavers". 

Jt all began last spring when 
the chow line girls, tired of just 
watching men's faces pass them 
three meals a day, decided to nick- 
name the different ones who were 
outstanding or who did something 
which was called to everyone's at- 
tention. A requisite of naming was 
that, almost invariably, the phrase 
began with — "the little man who 
— ", no matter how big or small 
the cadets named. Therefore, "the 
little fellow who likes grass" was 
the first recipient of this attack. 
Nevertheless, like many beavers, 
he was completely unaware of the 
distinction he received just be- 

U.S.O. Applauded 
In Bowker Show 

After donViing their hip boots 
and splashing their way to Bow- 
ker Auditorium Tuesday evening, 
-members of the 58th C. T. D. and 
friends found a highly entertaining 
and amusing program awaiting 

The festivities of the evening 
: began with the appearance of Miss 
Ruth Arden, Mass State's own Bet- 
ty Grable, who soon dried the 
dampened spirits of all present 
with several dance numbers. 

Much to the amazement of A|S 
J. Frank and the audience a min- 
iature clothesline and bottle were 
found by Johnny Jones, the M. C. 
and magician, on A|S Frank's per- 
son. The magician also performed 
many other eyecatching stunts. 

Highlighting a very successfsl 
program, Lauren ai*i Ginger rock- 
ed the hall with imitations of 
V Clyde McCoy and Ted Lewis. A 
; rollicking rendition on a bazooka 
brought the show to a hilarious 

cause he liked lettuce salad. 

There ican be many slip ups in 
even so puerile a pastime. For in- 
stance, quite a while ago "the 
little man from Pittsburgh" ac- 
quired a name. However, now half 
the detachment seems to be mado 
up of "little men from Pittsburgh." 
The same thing happened when 
"the little man from Penn State" 
was named and then it was dis- 
covered that there were about fifty 
more of them here. In such cases 
more explicit names must be giv- 

Another mistake in the same 
vein is made when everyone gets 
a brainstorm at once. Then one 
poor cadet is on the receiving end 
of three or four nicknames. For 
instance, "the little man nobody 
seems to like," was also "the lit- 
tle pianist" and the "little Greek 
fellow." No one would relinquish 
her name so the three stuck and 
he was thrice a victim. 

The most common mistake is the 
proportion of misnomers that 
spring up. The supreme example of 
this was "the little horrible fel- 
low," who was named for his hor- 
rible, leering smil«, but when he 
became well-known, he was by far 
one of the best liked by the chow- 
line. When one cadet arrived here, 
he had long hair, on the Paderew- 
ski type, so he was promptly call- 
ed "the little musician", but since 
then has proved to know nothing 
about music. "Sir Galahad" is nice 
enough in his own way, but he 
comes far from embodying the 
spirit of the saintly knight. 

Perhaps it would be in order 
now to give some more samples 
of names and tell how they were 
arrived at. There was the little 
fellow with the left profile — ^his 
left was far better than his right. 
Another was the little man who 
leoks you up and down — he was 
more obvious than ntost cadets. 
There was a great controversy a- 
bout whether the little man, who 
looks like a monkey, red!ly did, 
or whether he looked like a puppy. 
It is much easier to remember 
"the little man with the doe eyes" 
or "the little man who always 
comes last" than the real names 
which are usually hard to pro- 
nouHce anyway. That is why, when 
you go through the chowline you 
see lots of whispering, signaling 
and general dist»rbance as a cer- 
tain beaver goee fl«»ugh. It is 

Store Hints 

You rush into the College Store 
(during the few free minutes after 
your last claae and before falling 
out for drill. There are a few 
customers in line at the soda foun- 
tain ahead of you. Some student 
is buying a money order. Several 
others are looking over stationery. 
A few are gathered in front of the 
tobacco counter. (Even I discovered 
you can't be a moocher for long 
and still have friends). Your time 
is limited — that's a well known 
fact. But be patient! The girls are 
working as fast as possible. A- 
wait your turn and the whole line 
will be speeded up. 

They (the gals) have been stand 

Permanent Party To Take 

Continued jrom Page 1 
ual, overheard the following: 

TjSgt. Virelle: "Do you think 
the rating will be posited? I si- 
monized my car for two hours 
last month! I should be in good 
shape, but . . . **?" 

Corporal Bobbins: "I bicycle to 
M. S. C. everyday (except when he 
can get a ride in someone's car). 
I really feel fit." 

To quote Corporal Smith: "I've 
gained a pound or so recently and 
I'm afraid when I can use my A 
card I might gain more." Say 
Corporal, what the heck is your 
car running on anyway? 

Sgt. Brown, being the strong 
and silent type, was confident of 

Over at Memorial Hall, all was 
found in a dither. "I haven't moved 

mg there for hours, listening to » ^^od ^-^t^g «"d ^^^ "°**^'"e *° 
each new alibi — each new plea ^^y* 
for just a little more milk or ice I 

cream. That's not the secret to , ., . i,. ^ 

succe.s, me«. Turn on that Satur- , anything but a pencil m th^ past 
day night charm, that captivating ' y^^'"' ™°^n«d Sgt. Fddman. 
smile. The girls will respond quick- ' ^ \ ^^^VVf ^^ ^he Abbey, where 
lyandhappHy. ^ ^^'^^'^ ^g ; Bell practicing sit 

I ups on a mattress and after lifting 
**"* him to his feet when he collapsed 

on his 13th, I walked over and 
slipped, and I do mean slipped, 

Lt. John Slate Joins 58th 

Continued jrom Page 1 
ceiving his commission at 0. C. i^^o the College Store, sans pass. 
S. in Miami he was sent to Lock- There I was apprehended by a 
borne Air Base in Columbus, 0- "ew and changed Sgt. Brown. He 
, . approached me with a broad smile 

and a fountain pen. "If you can 
Football tan imitate Dr. McLean's signature on 

Being a genuine football fan, ^jjjg r^ g_ gijp^ I'n treat you to a 
Columbus the home of Ohio State g^ndae instead of your going to 
University appealed to the Lieu- dasg " After enjoying the sundae, 
tenant. He attended the O. S. U. j went out much the wiser. Our 
— Michigan game and witnessed permanent party are human beings 
Ohio capture the Big Ten foot- ' ^f^er all. But I still don't think 
ball title. In his own words "One they'll make the "Excellent Class"! 
of the best football games I hava. 

ever seen in my life," and yours 
truly can back those words up 

Lt. Slate is on something of a 
swing shift now. He is on tem- 
porary leave from the Lockborne 
Base. Some six weeks ago he was 
called to Burlington, Vt. to fill 
a Post at the 61st C. T. D. at the 
University of Vermont. Complet- 
ing his four week job there he was 
sent down here and until Lt. Mil- 
ler returns he will full-fill the of- 
fices here. Lt. Slate, the 58th wel- 
comes you and we hope your brief 
stay here is full of happiness and 

just to make sure all the chow 
line girls know what his nickname 
is. No doubt, if the girls could 
find out what nicknames they have 
acquired, they would find the ca- 
dets quite as observing as they. 

Hot Weather Hints 

Before and during parade . . . 

1. Take two salt tablets at each 

2. Wear clothes in such a way 
that they are not too binding. 
(Don't wear necktie too tight). 

3. Keep your knees bent and 
other joints limber. 

4. Don't drink ice water or cokes 
prior to the parade. 

5. If you begin to feel dizzy, 
move your eyes and wiggle your 
toes and fingers. 

6. Don't concentrate on the pos- 
sibility that you may "black out." 

7. When you feel sick or very 
dizzy, don't wait until you fall; 
step out ef ranks and go to the 
rear of your formation. 

8. Wear an undershirt to les- 
sen the heat of the sun beating 
on your chest and back. 


Mitci's Tloiebcok 

(Editor's note: The following are one mi«ute interviews 
with men of the 58th that are flying for the first time. Some 
of these interviews are slightly "colored" by a turbulent 
aibdominal region sometime known as "wing fever". Some 
are perfectly serious.) 

A|S John T. Foynes .... It's more woiic than play. 

A|S Peter (Chicago) Thompson .... I think it's swell 
Everyone should look forward to the last two weeks of their 
training here. , 

A IS George Gordon .... Flying is all right if I could only 
get the plane up and down. 

A|S Alan Kane .... The first time up is pretty tough. 
The plane goes up fast but your food comes up faster. 

AjS Wild Bill Gauntlett .... I'm going to join Bell's Sup- 
ply Detail as soon as it's orer. 

A|S Joe Collins .... I don't see how you fight in the thing. 

AjS Carburetor Heat Haskell .... I think it would be easier 
to start in a P-47 and work up to a Cub. 

AjS Bob Landall .... I'm Killing my poor instructor, poor 

AjS Bull Moose Hinman .... Do«s anybody have a book 
for instruction in gunnery? 

A|S Fred Griswold .... I like flying, but it's no cake of 

. . . Give it back to the Wright Brothers. 
.... I love it, but I'm not too potent. 
I like it, but if the plane flies right, it's 

AjS George Brett 
A|S Dave Farrell 
AiS Joe Cole . . . 

not my fault. 

A|S Maj Gunning 
A|S John Breen . 

ground in Math 

.... Everything goes blank. 
. . . I'm thankful I have such a good back- 
to be a navigator. 

A|S Karl Eschoolz .... I like my instructor up until the 
time he pulls the fire extinguisher on me. 

A|iS Mike Joyce .... I just want to be a to-pilot. 

AJS French LeBlanc .... It's great, believe me, it's great. 

A|S Ben Katz .... My instructor uses up too much of my 
flying time praying. 

A|S Bob Hazen .... I think its swell, but I think I'll join 
Hinman when he leaves for Gunnery school. 

AjS Rich Gorman .... Grease Monkey here I come. 

A|S EUy Elebash .... The first trip was like driving 
through heavy traffic in a rainstorm or maybe feeling re- 
sponsible for my grandmother on a roller-coaster. 

A|S Warren Doe I'll Bomb Tokyo yet. 

AjS Charles Hale .... It's a lot of fun and a lot of work. 
It won't be so hard after I get on to it. 

A|S Bobby Feloney . . 
as a bombjidier. 

. . I won't gripe when I'm classified 
love it but I can't do a thing up 

I wasn't scared but the dam mo- 

A|S Bob Lucy . . . 

A|S Charlie Hager 
tor drove me nuts. 

A|S J. M. Johnson .... I like flying but I don't think my 
instructor appreciates me as a pilot. 

A|S Kong King .... I'm a h»t pilot but the plsttias are too 
sk)w for me. 


The pictui-esque names by which the many tj^es of planes in use 
by the Army and Navy Air Forcee are now known officially by virtue 
of joint action of the Army and Navy. They are: 

Army Navy & Marines Name Original Manufactureir 


B-17 Flying Fortress Boeing 

B-24 PB4Y Liberator Consolidated 


B-18 Bolo Douglas 

B-23 Dragon _ __ Douglas 

B-25 PBJ " Mitchell .; North American 

B-26 Marauder Martin 

B-84 PV Ventura Vega 


A-20 BD Havoc (Attack) Dougl«is 

A-24 SBD Dauntless (Dive) Douglas 

A-25 SB2C Helkliver (Dive) ;.. Curtiss 

A-29 PBO Hudson (Patrol) Lockheed 

A-34 SB2A Buccaneer (Dive) Brewster 

A-"5 Vengeance (Dive) Vultpe 

SB2U Vindicator (Dire) Vought-Sikorsky 

TBD Devastator (Torpedo) Douglas 

TBF Avenger (Torpedo) Gruiaman 

PATROL BOMBERS (Flying Boats) 

OA-10 PBY Catalina Consolidated 

PB2Y Coronado Consolidated 

PBM Mariner Martin 


P-38 Lightning _. Lockheed 

P-.59 Airacobra Bell 

P-40 Warhawk Cmrtiss 

P-43 Lancer Republic 

P-47 Thuderbolt Republic 

P-51 Mustang North American 

FaA Buffalo Bi-ewster 

F4F Wildcat GruWman 

F4U Corsair Vought-Sikorsky 

(Courtesy of U. of Ala. C. T. D. paper) 

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Vol. No. 23 


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Town Honors 
Lieut. Wildner 

Monday afternoon Lieutenant 
Carl R. Wildner was honored by 
the citizens of Amherst. He, as 
we all know, was one of the nav- 
igators on the Jimmy Doolittle sur- 
prise raid on Tokyo. 

The celebration was to have tak- 
en place a few weeks ago, but due 
to Lt. Wildner's sudden illness it 
was postponed. It was held in 
front of the Lord Jeffery Inn, 
on the town common. 

President Stanley King of Am- 
herst College presided, Frederick 
J. Sievers, director of Mass. State 
College introduced lieutenant Wild- 
ner. The Lieutenant described his 
mission from the moment he took 
off the Aircraft Carrier, which 
was approximately eight hundred 
miles from Tokyo, to the actual 
bombing of Tokyo. They were over 
the Jap capital for thirty-five min- 
utes. On the return trip they ran 
into a rain storm, but managed to 
reach China safely. At Chungking 
the entire flight was greeted by 
Mme. Chiang and her husband 
Generalissimo Chiang Kai Chek. A 
banquet was held in their honor 
and they were presented the "Order 
■ of the Cloud". 

Lt. Wildner spoke of the Chin- 
ese Army although being inade- 
quately equipped, were always in 
a position to take care of our 
American fliers. 

Lt. Wildner was born in Holy- 
oke, Mass., graduated from Am- 
herst High School and attended 
Mass. State College. After grad- 
uating from college, he was em- 
ployed by Pratt and Whitney Air- 
. craft in Hartford until he began 
his navigation training at McCord 
Field Washington, and at Pendle- 
ton Field. 

The Lieutenant stated that he 
would soon leave Amherst as he 
had received orders to report for 
actvie duty at a training field in 
the south as an instructor. 

The closing of the program was 
the presentation of the American 
Flag to the 58th C.T.D. It was 
made by Dr. John B. Lentz, presi- 


DANCING: Sat. night a dance 
will be held in the drill hall at 
8:30 P.M. Junior Hostesses from 
Mass. State and the town of Am- 
herst will be present. Music will 
be furnished by the 58th C.T.D. 
orchestra and light refreshments 
will be served. 

Only registered Jr. Hostesses 
will be admitted to the dance. 

Men who have out of town 
guests, wives, etc. may get special 
guest cards from Lt. Madison. 
*In Northampton there will be a 
Wave dance at the Alumnae Gym- 
nasium at Smith College. The 
dance will start at 8 P.M. and an 
eighteen piece orchestra will be on 
hand from the Navy Flight Pre- 
paratory School at Williamstown. 
All the men of the 58th are in- 
vited to attend. 

Instruction for men who want to 
learn how to dance will be given 
Sunday afternoon at the U.S.O. 
club house at 4 P.M. 

MOVIES: The moving picture 
"Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby 
will be shown in Thatcher Hall 
Sat. night at 8 P.M. 

At the Amherst Theatre, Sat. 

the picture "Stormy Weather" 
will be shown starring Lena 
Home and Bill Robinson. 

Sunday's movie will be "Mister 
Big" with Gloria Jean and Donald, 

In Northampton the Academy of 
Music will be showing "Appoint- 
ment in Berlin" starring George 
Saunders with Marguerite Chap- 

Sunday at the same theatre there 
will be shown, Frank Buck's 
"Jacare" and as a co-feature "It's 
a great Life'* with Penny Single- 
ton, Arthur Lake and Hugh Hubert. 

The Hills Memorial Club House, 
Corner of Triangle and Main Street 
will be open Sunday afternoon 
from 2to 5:30 P.M. Dancing with 
Jr. Hostesses, ping pong, croquet, 
cards and soft ball are some of 
the many passtimes at the club. 
Refreshments will be served. 

Catholic Services will be held at 
8:30 A.M. at St. Brigid's Church. 
Protestant Services are at Mem- 
orial Hall at 9.00 A.M. and Jew- 
ish Services at 389 North Pleasant 
Street at 2.00 P.M. 

"i4 Place For Everything, 

And Everything In Ws Place 

"Cleanliness is next to God- 
liness." Keeping this in mind we 
should turn our thoughts toward 
our recreation room. This room 
as a rule is kept clean. But due 
to the neglect of a few of the men, 
the room becomes untidy. There 
are a few bottles left on the tables, 
books not put back on the shelf, 
checkers misplaced and records not 
in the rack. Now this can be avoid- 
ed by using a little more consider- 

dent of the Rotary Club of Am- 

The detachment was led by the 
band and marched from the College 
campus to the town comipon. 

ation for others. Take those extra 
steps to put things back in their 
place. After all, records are fragile 
and easily broken, sameone 
else might want to read that book, 
and also coke bottles tend to mar 
the surface of our tables. So to 
those few who are inclined to be 
thoughtless, let's get on the beam 
and keep our recreation rooms 
spotless. As the equipment has 
been leased from Mass. State Col- 
lege, great responsibility lies on the 
shoulders of the administration of 
the 58th C.T.D. to keep this prop- 
erty in the best condition so that 
after the war It may be returned 
to the college in good shape. 

Arts Festival 
Dance Tonight 

The Amherst Common will be the 
setting tonight for one of the final 
highlights of the Amherst Arts 
Festival, when an old fashioned 
square dance will be presented 
from 2030 to 2330. 

Serivce men of the 58th C.T.D. 
are especially invited to attend the 
Community Festival Square Dance. 
In case of rain, the dance will be 
held in College Hall in the center 
of town. Real old fashioned square 
dance music will be provided and 
instruction for those who are not 
familiar with this type dance. Men 
are urged to bring their wives or 
dates and join the festivities. 

The Amherst Arts Festival is 
presented by the people of Amherst 
in honor of the late Professor 
Frank A. Waugh. 

Dr. Waugh, prior to his death 
last winter, had been with Massa- 
chusetts State College for 40 years, 
coming from the University of Ver- 
mont in 1902. Here, he organized 
the department of Horticulture and 
served as its head for many years. 
During this time he carried on ex- 
tensive field work and experiments 
in many branches of Horticulture. 
He is the author of numerous 
books and bulletins. His publica- 
tions in ecology and physiography 
have been looked upon as basic to 
an understanding of the natural 

For his many renowned accom- 
plishments. Dr. Waugh was award- 
ed the "George Robert White Gold 
Medal of Honor" by the Massachu- 
setts Horticultural Society. 

Dr. Waugh, was indeed a very 
versatile character. Among his 
recreational hobbies were etching, 
collecting medals and the flute. He 
traveled extensively, having been 
in many of the countries in Europe 
and Asia. 

Prof. Waugh must indeed have 
been a wonderful person to know, 
and it's not hard to understand why 
the people of Amherst have chosen 
to honor his memory with an arts 
festival in preference to a more, 
prosaic form of memorial. 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst , Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


William Berryman — Editor-in-Chief 

Editorial Board 

Dale Brooks — Managing Editor 

Bob Tigner — News Editor 

John Frank — Circulation Manager 

Feature — News Board 

Melvin Smith Gamett Thompson Roger O'Connor 

E. J. Dunn John Perry 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 

This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 

views herein should not be construed as those of the War 



As the Bond drive nears its final stage we find Squadron 
"B" leading Squadron "A" by the sHghtest margin. Not to be 
outdone by the newcomers of the 58th, Squadron "C" has 
reduced the lead by a considerable amount and appears to 
be challenging the leaders. 

A great amount of enthusiasm has been shown by all com- 
petitors and the sales near the 100 per cent mark, but we 
still- have a few men who for various, reasons, have not yet 
turned in their subscriptions. 

Forgetting for the moment the patriotic angle, we should 
realize the financial benefits of Bond ownership 
and not let such a good business deal slip through our fingers. 
To some it will mean a college education after the war, to 
others it means a chance to set themselves up in business, 
while others may use it for automobiles, homes, furniture, 
and many other items. Buying a Bond is not throwing money 
away, but a sound investment for the future — your own 
and America's 

There's still another angle for us "good businessmen" to 
consider: We intend to win this war! Winning the war takes 
a tremendous amount of equipment, and equipment costs 
money. Now, that money is going to come from two sources : 
(1) - taxes, and (2) - loans to the Government in the form 
of Bond purchases.- Money paid in taxes is gone forever, 
while War Bonds will be redeemed at the rate of Four Dollars 
for every Three Dollars worth of Bonds purchased. Which 
will you have — taxes or Bonds ? j 



Raymond Francis Harkins ar- 
rived in a Braddock Pa. Hospital 
twenty-three years ago. It has been 
recorded for posterity that an anx- 
ious father passed by little^ Ray- 
mond's crib with a new Spalding 
football: chubby fingers reached 
forward eagerly, thus possibly 
marking the first step in his foot- 
ball career. No doubt his first rom- 
pers had a pigskin lining for he car- 
ried this love for leather until his 
freshman year in Milvale High 
School. Playing first string half 
back for four years, even in high 
school, is a record to be envied. He 
received the honorary position of 
fullback on the W.P.I. A.L. (West- 
ern Penn. Inter-scholastic Athletic 
League) all-star team of 1939, be- 
sides four football and three bas- 
ketball letters. 

He entered Duquesne University 
on a proving Scholarship in Sept. 
of '39, playing enough varsity ball 
in his Sophomore year to earn a 
letter. Football by no means got 
Harkins through three years of 
college. He carried the regular 
school course and when he ulti- 
mately graduates, he will have 
enough credits to teach numerous 
subjects. In Duquesne history the 
season of 41-42, when they were 
one of the five undefeated teams 
in the country, will long remain a 
memorable one. It remains more so 
in Ray's mind for it was against 
St. Vincent's that he was respon- 
sible for the winning touchdown. 
Playing under the pressure of a 
14 game winning streak, Duquesne 
found itself on its own 20 yard 
line with the quarter mark at 3. 
Entering the game for the first 
time that day, HarkinS lead the 
Dukes for 80 yards in eight tries, 
pushing the ball over the zero line 
amid the tumult of 19,000 fans. In 
his awn words, "That was the 
greatest single thrill of my life." 
He toured with the team over the 
country, touching the Wes't Coast, 
JVIississippi, New York, Wisconsin, 
and Milwaukee. He has played a- 
gainst Holy Cross, Miss. U., and 
Miss. State, St. Marys, Pitt., Mar- 
quette, and Carnegie Tech, and 
many others. "I've been from coast 
to coast but have never seen an 
ocean," reflects our wanderer. 
From comments of various 
members of the 58th who have seen 
him such words as: shifty, fast, 
hard hitting and consistent des- 
cribe this 5'10", 175 pounder. 

Aviation Mechanics 
Very Important 

Did you Future Hot Pilots ever 
stop to think that our planes can- 
not fly without mechanics to urge 
them along? Well, it is the truth, 
as some of you will soon find out. 
A plane without a pilot isn't worth 
very much, the same holds true 
for a plane without a mechanic. 
The U. S. Army Air Forces have 
the finest ground crews in the 
world, and without them there could 
be no aerial warfare in this great 
battle for freedom and peace.. Just 
put this thought somewhere in the 
back of your heads and keep it 
there. It takes from twenty to thir- 
ty men on the ground to keep one • 
ty men on the ground ot keep one 
of our bombers flying. These men 
are all trained specialists, grad- 
uates of ground Crew Technical 
Training schools of the AAF, each 
and every one of them is just as 
important as the Pilot, Navigator 
or Bombadier. 

Men Wanted 

The Staif of TAKE OFF comes 
before you men with an earnest 
request for volunteers to join the 
news staff of your Detachment pa- 
per. As you know, the entire staff 
is made up of men from the post 
and every once in a while we have 
to put forth a call for men who 
have had some experience in news- 
paper work to take over the jobs 
of the men who leave us for points 
West. The Staff would appreciate 
it if all men who have had such 
experience would report to the 
Take Off office at 110 Thatcher. 
The office will be open on Wednes- 
day night from 1930 until 2130; 
on Thursday night from 1945 until 

The interviewer was struck with 
the quick and determined answer 
to the question of post war plans. 
He is of the comparative few who 
definitely plan to return to school. 
He has one year remaining at Du- 
quesne, with 14 credits lacking for 
graduation and qualification as a 
commercial subjects teacher, his 
chosen occupation. 

With an interesting and exciting 
life behind him, and the promisel 
of a similar career ahead in thel 
Air Corps, we salute and wish the? 
best of luck to this capable platoon 
Lt. of Squadron "A". 


Whafs Your 
Air Force LQ. 

Here's your new I.Q. prepared 
especially for those of our detach- 
ment who are now flying at West- 
field Airport. Based on light planes 
with which you should be familiar: 
you upperclassmen better not let 
the newcomers or lower classmen 
out-rate you. Let's see how you 
rate. With five points per correct 
answer only a score of 100 per 
cent will allow for a perfect land- 
ing on your first solo. 

1. What are the three kinds of 
well known four cylinder opposed 
engines used for powering cub 
trainers ? 

2. Finish the popular slogan; 
Look behind before turning; it's 
better to have a . 

3. The name, "Grasshopper", is 
associated with which plane? 

(a) Piper (b) Stinson (c) Aeronca 
(d) Taylorcraft 

4. On which side of the tail of a 
plane does the license number ap- 
pear? right or left. 

5. Dilbert, correcting for a 5 de- 
gree east variation on a 230 degree 
turn he got 235 degrees for an 
answer. His answer should be (a) 
225 degrees (b) 240 degrees (c) 
His answer is correct. 

6. Speaking of light planes 
which is the heavier, a Piper coupe 
or an Aeronca coupe ? 

7. C.A.A. requires how many 
solo hours before one can receive 
private pilots licenses, (a) 10 (b) 
20 (c) 35 (d) 40? 

8. What is the gasoline capacity 
of a piper trainer (a) 100 (b) 24 
(c) 12 (d) 30? 

9. A wind tee is used to show 
(a) wind direction (b) wind velo- 

-city (c) runway to be used? 

10. For soloing a Piper icub 
trainer with tandem seating ar- 
rangement use front or rear seat? 

11. What is meant by crabbing ? 

12. The main purpose of dual ig- 
nitions is for (a) safety (b) hot 

13. Where is the gas guage on a 
piper cub trainer located? 

14. A tachometer is used to mea- 
sure (a) air speed, (b) drift (c) 
oil pressure (d) engine R.P.M. 

15. A parachute should be re- 
packed and checked by a licensed 
packer every (a) 10 days (b) 60 
days (c) 100 days (d) every 
100 hrs. 

16. Chock blocks must be placed 

Hitler Has Met His Waterloo 

A few weeks back the members 
of the 58th C.T.D. attended sever- 
al movie showings entitled "Why 
We Fight". They were interesting 
films designed to point out the 
workings oi the Totalitarian States 
in Europe. They were extremely 
helpful and this writer has heard 
several questions asked why the 
series was not finished. The re 
maining films were to have told 
the story of Japan's rise to power 
and Hitler's defeat at the hands 
of the Russian Juggernaut in June 
1941. Hitler was defeated in Rus- 
sia and I hardly think we are be 
ing over-confident by making this 
statement. Like his predecessor in 
the Crimes of the World, Napoleon, 
the Nazi King made the mistake 
of underestimating the Red Army. 

Let us run over several steps 
that have led up to Hitler's back 
to-the-wall position since 1941. As 
we have already noted, he miscal 
culated the magnitude of Russia — 
he thought Russia would be easy 
— second, he was confident that 
America would be to.o late. He 
gambled on both scores, and the 
cards were against him. In addi- 
tion, the self-styled military gen- 
ius of Nazidom has piled up nu- 
merous smaller but still vital tac- 
tical blunders. 

First in point of time was, of 
course, his failure to press home 
an attack on Britain immediately 
after the fall of France. Also, he 
failed to mop up France sufficient- 
ly. He antagonized the French peo- 
ple by appointing Pierre Laval as 
head "collaborator". 

Next he forced the German sat- 
ellities — Italy, Hungary, Rumania, 

in front of a plane's wheels before 
starting. True or False 

17. Pitot & static tubes are es- 
sential parts of (a) an air speed 
indicator (b) tachometer (c) gas- 
oline guage (d) oil guage. 

18. Cleaning up a plane means 
(a) streamling it (b) washing (c) 
testing (d) inspecting for loose 
nuts and bolts. 

19. The wind sock is used to show 
(a) wind velocity (b) wind direc- 
tion (c) immediate weather. 

20. What are the letters and 
numbers of the twin engine Cessa 
trainer? (a) B 13 (b) AT 11 (c) 
AT 9 

Answers on page 4 

Bulgaria and even Spain — to 
send troops into bloody disaster in 

These troops came home with a 
deep seated hatred of the Nazis. 
Then he forced Italy into the back- 
ground and insulted what little dig- 
nity Mussolini had left by putting 
Gei-man Generals in Command of I- 
talian forces in Africa. They were 
the screen behind which Hitler 
tried to save his face in Tunisia. 
Moreover, by ordering Rommel and 
Von Arnim to join forces, he kept 
either from escaping with a sizable 
body of troops while the Italian 
merchant marine still existed. 

Lt." Col. Vincient Sheean, noted 
journalist and author, remarked 
that it has been said, "Hitler lost 
the War at Stalingrad." History 
will, in all probability confirm this 
verdict. We all remember the glar- 
ing headlines in the newspaper of 
last winter listing victory after 
victory for the Allies on the Afri- 
can battle fronts. 

We recall reading stories told by 
Italian prisoners that the "Nazis 
fought wretchedly or not at all 
along the last few hours of the 
campaign. Could it have been the 
shadows of Stalingrad that numb- 
ed these trumped up supermen. It 
is highly probable that the German 
troops were ordered to fight to 
the last man, because, Hitler, even 
though he might have realized he 
could not win in Africa, cer- 
tainly wanted a "delaying action" 
so he could gather himself for a 
firmer stand on the continent. Yet, 
the Nazis crumbled even though 
they still had plenty to fight with. 
It is obvious that the followers 
of Hitler are lacking in resolution 
and strong convictions. They saw 
little reason to go on and little 
purpose in a "last ditch stand". 

Now let us observe what has re- 
sulted from the pounding that Hit- 
ler has taken on both the Russian 
and African fronts. One, the Allies 
have established air supremacy in 
every theatre of War. American 
shipping has been convoyed across 
the Atlantic in tremendous num- 
bers. Enough to supply Russia 
and maintain the victorious Afri- 
can Corps in their successes in 
Sicily. Also the Axis lost upwards 
of 250,000 soldiers and vast a- 
mounts of war materials in Africa. 
Our victories in Africa have con- 
vinced the French that the Nazi 
Continued on Page 4 

Future Pilots 
Attention ! 

So you like fast traveling, eh? 
Well here's something that might 
prove of special interest to you. 

The United States Army Head- 
quarters for the European theatre 
of operations announced last week 
the following two feats for which 
Lieut. Col. Cass S. Hough was 
awarded the Distinguished Flying 

Prior to Col. Houghs' departure 
for England last September he 
climbed into the cockpit of a P-38 
Lightning and proceeded to exceed 
the speed of sound when he power 
dived for 25,000 feet before pulling 
out. In February of 1943, after 
climbing to an altitude of 39,000 
feet he dove a P-47 Thunderbolt 
down to 18,000 feet. This equalled 
or established a new record. 

Although specific times were not 
announced, as they are obviously 
military secrets. Army officials 
confined themselves to the follow- 
ing statement; "It can be said 
that Col. Hough traveled faster 
than sound or more than 780 miles 
an hour." And this fellows, as 
you can readily see, is not exactly 
floating along on a cloud. 

The citations describing the 
flights, made to secure scientific 
information, said that Col. Hough 
went unknowingly and deliberately 
into unexplored fields and under 
unknown conditions of compres- 
sibility furnished invaluable tech- 
nical data covering the entire 
range of dive phenomena. 

Diving faster than the speed of 
sound, he traveled faster than 1150 
feet a second which, according to 
iyour Physics book, is the speed of 
sound in dry air at zero temper- 

Well that's the story in brief. 
No doubt, everyone of you prospec- 
tive pilots, in the not too distant 
future, will be encountering the 
same thrills that Col. Hough and 
many others have experienced in 
the past. So let's get on the beam 
men and it won't be long before 
we ourselves will be chasing the 
Nazis and Japs right of the skies. 
R. S. Tigner 


English as She is Spoke 
"English is a funny language, 
after all." 
Why so?" 

"I heard a man talking of a 
political candidate the other day 
say: "If he only takes this stand 
when he runs, he'll have a walk- 


Chowline Chatter 

I wonder how many Aviation' 
Students realize that we coeds are 
keenly aware of the army regu- 
lations governing their uniforms, 
or that the various uniforms elicit 
definite reactions and comment. 
Suppose we go "off the deep end" 
for a moment, and imagine the 
following fashion notes appearing 
' in ' "Esquire" : 

And now ladies — excuse me, A|S, 
the fashion notes for today 
will be on the exclusive uniforms 
of the United States Army. The 
private's wardrobe includes the 
olive drab uniform, the suntan 
uniform, and the fatigues. Of 
course there are various accessor- 
ies requisite for each one but they 
will be discussed later. At pres- 
ent the main consideration is the 
basic form of the garment and how 
it looks on the wearer. 

For every day wear fashion dic- 
tates that the students wear the 
lovely forest green fatigue suit 
with charming contrasting leggings 
and an off color cap. (The new ar- 
rivals appeared in aqua colored 
fatigues made that way by the 
southern sun.) Some of the suits 
look as if the wearer were poured 
into them. This is known as the 
*• glove fit. On the other hand, there 
is the meal-bag-itied-in-the-middle 
effect which is known as the com- 
fortable type. The newest style 
has a set-in belt and fits snugly 
over the hips. Before that the "but- 
cher boy" blouse was popular. 

The sun tan uniform is worn at 
more important affairs such as 
open post or retreat. Here again 
there are various ways of wearing 
them, from the skin tight to the 
baggy. The accordian pleated ef- 
fect, obtained in the trousers is 
not in style but cannot be helped 
at times. Rumour has it that the 
newest thing in uniforms is the 
wrinkleproof cloth. A petition pre- 
sented by the LTOZSFTA (The 
League to Order Zoot Suits for 
the Army) has been rejected. 

The decorations found on many 
of the uniforms are the conspicious 
patches worn on the left shoulder. 
There are many ways, it has been 
found, to sew 'this bit of accessory 
on. Many of them are slick little 
jobs with cross stitch or some- 
thing fancy around the edges, but 
the most individual ones are those 
that make a person wonder if they 
are going to fall off. They are held 
by a stitch here and a stitch there, 
keepin;^; everyone in suspense. The 

*'Pass The Oxygen'' 

A[S Arpin ate bullets so he could 
have bangs. 

AiS Gibson turned out the lights 
in his car because the gears were 

AIS Stokes thought he was built 
upside down, because his feet 
smelled and his nose ran. 

We heard that one of the new 
boys slept under his bed because 
it is rumored that 75 per cent of 
the people die in bed. 

Did you hear about AIS Siegler 
and A|S Siedler pouring rum on 
their tomatoes, because they like 
them stewed? How is the local 
tomato crop, boys? 

Don't make a pass at "Wild Bill" 
Sullivan: he hasn't got any. 

After jockeying to the chow 
line, Sgt. Sawyer and his cross- 
country students finished a clo^ 
last Monday night after the pa- 
rade. We were really hungry, 
but— ? 

A|S Jamison went up on the 
roof because he heard the drinks 
were on the house. 

AIS Sutherland took a train 
home and his mother made him 
take it back. 


Before going to press, we just 
had time to get in this "flash" 
welcome to' today's arrivals. Our 
greeting is hurried, but none the 
less sincere. 

A word of advice to the new 
Aviation Students: Stay "on the 
beam" while you're here at the 
58th, and you'll look back, as do we 
"old timers," on your sojourn at 
Mass. State as not only one of the 
most valuable, but also one of the 
most enjoyable experiences of your 


Continued from Page 3 
"New Order" was a hoax and 
naturally this means added danger 
to the Germans in France. Reliable 
sources state that the Naxi have 
prepared plans for a speedy evac- 
uation of the country in case of an 
invading force. Hitler fears the 
country would be too difficult to 
defend with all its subversive fac- 

The Germans are not through; 
there is much more fighting to 
continue, but it is firmly believed 
that Hitler is finished. We have 
formidable weapons, and with the 
combination of Russia, Great Brit- 
ain and the United states time will 
close the books on Totalitarian 
Germany. We are now at a point 
which in 1940 seemed so far, far 
away. At that time the world seem- 
ed nearly hypnotized by the high 
speed of Hitler's movements. The 
aim we sought then has been reach- 
ed. America was not too late. We 
are now in a position where we 
know that the combined action of 
all the Anti-Nazi powers work- 
ing together intelligently and firm- 
ly will achieve victory. 

I repeat. Hitler has met his 
Waterloo! ! _ 

Answers To Quiz 

Questions on page 3 

1. Continental, Franklin Lycom- 

2. Look behind before turning it's 
better to have a stiff neck than a 
broken one 

3. (c) Aeronca 

4. Right side of the tail 

5. (a) his answer should be 
225 degrees 

6. Aeronca coupe 

7. (c) 35 hours 

8. (c) 12 gal 

9. (c) runway to be used 

10. Rear seat for soloing 

11. Heading the plane into the 
wind to correct for wind drift. 

12 (a) safety 

13. Right outside windshield. It 
is a wire gauge stuck in the gas 
cap attached to a cork that dis- 
appears as the fuel runs low. 

14. (d) Engine R.P.M. 

15. (b) 60 days 

16. True 

17. (a) Air speed indicator 

18. (a) streamling it 

19. (b) wind direction 

20. (c) AT 9 

loveliest decorations of all are the 
strips, worn on both sleeves. This 
style is not often seen on State 
campus as only the most fashion- 
able students wear them. 

Not to be outdone by the women, 
the fellows wear enchanting 
necklaces of plastic or string 
finished off with two lovely 
looking pieces of metal. Recently 
the style for brooches has been 
adopted, the brooch being worn 
above the left pocket. 

Regardless of what the fellows 
are wearing or what the effect 
may be, one can be sure that 
for the duration they will be wear- 
ing the unifoi'm of the United 
States Army, a uniform they- are 
proud to wear. 

Irmarie Scheuneman 

BACK THE fHam^^^mi 


U. S. Trtaiury Dtparlment 





Vol. I No. 24 

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Subscription Free 

Lt. Slate Departs 
From The C.T.D. 

The TAKE OFF Staff has been 
' informed that Lt. Slate will leave 
the campus of the 58th C.T.D. 
next Thursday, September' 2; he 
has been called back to his former 
post, Lockborne Air Base in Col- 
umbus, Ohio. We regret to lose 
such a fine officer, for he has made 
a wonderful impression upon the 
entire Detachment during his one 
month assignment here. 

Lt. Slate commented particularly 
upon the high caliber students he 
met here. He also stated that he 
enjoyed the work and fine coop- 
eration he received from the staff 

Coming up from the deep south, 
Lt. Slate received his first glimpse 
of New England, while stationed 
for a short time at the 61st C.T.D. 
at the University of Vermont. He 
is quoted as saying that he thor- 
oughly enjoyed the New England 
summer months, but he seemed 
a bit wary of our severe winters. 

In passing, Lt. Slate remarked, 
"Sgt. Brown is an ace at the check- 
er board; I met my Waterloo sev- 
Continued on Page 4 


r The churches of Amherst are 
extending a cordial invitation to 
the members of our detachment 
for Sunday Services. 

We of the detachment can and 
should turn our eyes and minds 
from the numerous axioms, prin- 
ciples, rules and formulas of our 
studies for a bit of spiritual relief 
which can be gained from the 

Roman Catholic Services will be- 
gin at 8.30 A.M. Sunday in the 
St. Brigid's Church; 

Memorial Hall will hold Pro- 
testant Communion Services at 
9.00 A.M. on Sunday for all who 
care to attend. « 

Jewish Services will be held at 
389 North, Pleasant Street at 2 
P.M. on Sunday. 

Hills Memorial 4 

Anniversary Dance 

Having completed a very success- 
ful summer season the Hills Mem- 
orial Club will close for the sum- 
mer season with a special party 
Sunday from 2 to 5 P. M. The 
Party is to be held in conjunction 
with the celebration of the 50th 
Anniversary of the Club. 

As in the past, junior hostesses 
will be the feature attraction of 
the afternoon. Special invitation 
has been issued to members of this 
Detachment and guests. 

To those new men who have 
never attended parties at the Hills 
Memorial Club House, (corner of 
Main and Triangle Streets) we 
highly recommended a visit. As the 
Hills Memorial Club season closes, 
we of the Detachment wish to 
express our thanks for the time 
and trouble its members have un- 
dergone in order that our stay 
here at Amherst might be more 

Wins Medal 

Non-Commissioned Officer of 
Thatcher Hall,. Corporal Robbins 
has qualified for the third time in 
his Army service career, as a 
marksman with the standard .45 
Cal. Automatic pistol. 

Corporal Robbins participated in 
the qualification tests at the pistol 
range, Westover Field, Mass. along 
with other members of the 58th 
C.T.D. post. For his efforts he is to 
be awarded the marksman 
medal from the Adjutant Gen- 
eral's office at Washington, D. C. 

Targets at the range, varying 
from 15 to 25 yards, included a 
bobbing target resembling theshape 
and size of a man. Qualifications 
required that a score of 11 out of 
15 attempts be made. Missing 4 
of the first 12 shots, Corporal Rob- 
bins was under a terrific handicap, 
of scoring the remaining three in 
order to qualify. He promptly did 
Continued on Page 3 

Lt. Miller Returns To 

Detachment Next Week 

The above portrait of Lt. Miller 
was drawn by Paul Madden for- 
mer Aviation Student and Art Ed- 
itor of TAKE OFF who recently 
left the 58th for further training. 

WAVES Dance 

Another In Series Of Highly 
Enjoyable Affairs Held 
Last Week . 

A dance was held last Saturday 
in Northampton at Alumnae Gym- 
nasium, Smith College, under the 
auspices of the WAVE Training 
Detachment. The dance was held 
from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. 
Members of the 58th College Train- 
ing Detachment were special guests 
at the dance. An eighteen piece 
orchestra from the Navy Flight 
Preparatory School at Williains- 
town played for the dancing. Spec- 
ial feature of the dance were mix- 
ers planned to help keep the dance 
moving at a fast pace. Among 
these mixers, the most popular 
were a Paul Jones and a Grand 

Completes His 
Tactical Course 

In the very near future one of 
our most popular officers, Lt. 
George D. Miller, will return to 
this Detachment. Lt. Miller has 
been on detached service, attending 
Tactical Officer's school at Rand- 
olph Field in Texas. This school 
was designed for officers from 
College Training Detachments. It 
is there that adjustments in this 
comparatively new Air Corps Pro- 
gram are being ironed out. We 
expect that upon his return Lt. 
Miller will advance many new ideas 
for the success of our Detach- 

A short time ago the Lt. wrote 
a letter to the staff of the 58th 
and described many of his exper- 
iences at Randolph Field. He re- 
ported that they spend two hours 
in physical Training, three hours 
in various kinds of drill, and eight 
hours of academic .classes each day. 
That seems like a full day for 
anybody. They are granted open 
post Saturday night but not until 
after the review and inspection 
which takes place at 1500 o'clock. 
Review and inspection is held on a 
competitive basis and the losing 
Squadron forfeits their open post 
privilege. There is another open 
post awarded Wednesday nights, 
but only to the outstanding flight 
for the week. 

One of the major points of Lt. 
Miller's letter was concerned with 
the subject of discipline. He states 
that more and more stress is 
being put upon this all important 
element of all military training. 
One can not be a good soldier with- 
out it. There have been several 
articles in this paper concerning 
this important topic and we must 
all feel acutely concious of it. 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Editor-in-Chief William Berryman 

Copy Editor Dale W. Brooks 

News Editor Robert Tigner 

Features Editor Garnet Thompson 

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"We have studied physics, math, geography, history, 
Morse code, CAR; we have run the obstacle course, cross 
country course, and the mile; we have enjoyed the many 
dances held for us in the drill hall; we have had many en- 
joyable experiences here from sick call to retreat, but would 
like to have one grand party to keep as a memory of our 
work and fun here at Mass. State." 

So spoke one of the members of Squadron C who had 
recently completed his flying at Barnes Airport, and was 
beginning to pack his equipment prior to his leaving for 
points west. 

It has been suggested that a graduation dance be held 
for the men of the present graduating class. It has been 
brought before the members of this class and has made a 
very favorable impression. Interest is running high among 
these men and it seems probable that some sort of a scheme 
could be formulated. 

A dance of this magnitude will call for the utmost coop- 
eration by those interested. 

Men are needed to help work out the details of this dance, 
for an orchestra must be contacted, arrangements made for 
the hall, refreshments provided, and financial details ar- 
ranged, as well as publicity, and many other small items. 

This is a task that can be accomplished not by one, two, 
or three men but only with the whole hearted support of 
the entire graduating class. So let's keep up the army spirit 
of working together and make our graduating dance one 
of the bright spots in the history of the 58th C.T.D. 

Doyle-Musser Feud 

It seems there has been consid- 
erable rivalry among a few of "the 
last Civil Air Regulations class 
of Squadron C. Throughout the 
course there were many students 
who vied for the highest grades. 
Among the top contenders were 
A|S Doyle and Musser and in the 
final analysis these two " eager 
beavers"were found to have amass- 
ed the highest aveirages. As a 
reward for their endeavors Prof. 
Pray awarded them a medal and 
citation. Although this art has its 
humorous side, there is also the 
element of honest work involved. 
It also personifies a type of in- 
struction we. receive here at the 
58th. The Professors are of a high 
caliber and they take a personal in- 
terest in each and every one of us. 
They seem to really enjoy their new 
type of work and are putting a 
"shoulder to -ihe wheel" in an 
honest effort to get us ready for 
the grave tasks we have to meet 
in the near future. All in all they 
make our stay here most enjoyable. 


Know all men by these presents: 
This certifies that the bearer of 
this Certificate and the possesor 
of the accompanying medal hav- 
ing now officially acquired the high- 
er grade in Civil Air Regulations 
82, is hereby adjudged the win- 
ner of the now-famous Doyle-Mus- 
ser CAR feud. The victor, herein- 
after known as the party of the 
first part, is hereby privileged and 
may deem it his just right and 
prerogative to carp, critize, jeer 
at, calumniate, and otherwise taunt 
scoff at, slight, deride, mock, twitj 
and ridicule and east slurs upon 
the loser, hereinafter known as the 
party of the second part, upon all 
just and suitable occasions, both 
before and in the absence of wit- 
nesses; Provided However, that if 
any later time, said party of the 
second part shall demonstrate an 
increased knowledge, as, for ex- 
ample, the winning of a superior 
grade in dual flight instruction at 
Barnes Airport, then this creed 
and accompanying medal do, and 
hereinafter are to be.come the prop- 
erty of the said party of the sec- 
ond part, together with all the 
rights, privileges, and heredit- 
ments appertaining thereto, both 
here and elsewhere. 


Given under my hand, this twen- 
ty-sixth day of August, in the 
year of ouf Lord, the nineteen 
Continued on Page 3 


"Saludos de^la Yankis en la Ar- 
gentina" (Greetings from the 
Yanks in the Argentina) is the 
salutation from South American 
born Frank Bernard Harkins a 
member of squadron E, 58th's new- 
est arrivals. His roomates in 410 
Thatcher Hall have conferred upon 
him the title of "Gaucho" which to 
us means cowboy. Contrary to our 
connotation of the word cowboy 
one meets a smiling, cordial, sin- 
cere, and extremely interesting per- 

Frank's father, as a young man, 
went to South America for the 
Du Pont Co. He worked in the Ni- 
trate mines of Chile, during his 
stay there; he married a native 
Chilean girl. It was in these highly 
adventurous and colorful surround- 
ings that Frank was born. They 
remained in Chile for ten years, 
then moved to Buenos Aires which 
has been their home ever since. 

Frank graduated from the La 
Salle High School in 1941, and 
went to the University of Buenos 
Aires where he majored in chemi- 
cal engineering. For a long time 
he contemplated coming to the 
States to join the Army Air Corps; 
so at the end of a year in school 
his American blood brought him 
to Philadelphia, the residence of 
some family relations, where he 
enlisted as ah Aviation Cadet. 

His trip from Buenos Aires to 
Miami is something we all have 
dreamed of taking some day. Fly- 
ing in a Pan American Cliiiijer, 
he winged over Boliva, Peru, Ec- 
uador, Colombia and Bliami, Flor- 
ida. Over Peru he got his first 
glimpse of the Army Air Forces, 
guarding valuable oil fields. 

A short time before his depar- 
ture from Beunos Aires a group 
of Argentinian friends presented 
him with a significant statement: 
"Tell the American boys we are 
behind them." 

Commenting on the comparative^ 
Cadet Forces of this country and] 
Argentina, he pointed out that the| 
Argentina Military Academy, their 
"West Point", picks out a certainl 
number of its men to make up al 
corps of flying cadets who, until 
recently, were instructed by Amer- 
ican flyers. Being a neutral coun- 
try they fly planes of German, 
Italian, and American types. They 
also make their own planes and 
copies from our Curtis type. 

Continued on Page } 


Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. What are the names of the 
three axis found on any airplane? 

2. What is meant by Angle of 
Incidence ? 

3. What is used to fill a life- 
; raft in an emergency? 

4. What is the purpose of a 
propeller ? 

5. Name 3 flight control mech- 

6. What does a throttle in a 
plane control: Air, fuel or mix- 

7. When turning a plane into 
the wind while flying, should the 
bank be shallow, or steep? 

8. What is the most important 
control when taxiing: Rudder, ail- 
erons or elevators? 

9. What are the colors of navi- 
gation lights on a plane? 

10. The top turret on a B-24 is 
made by whom? 

Answers on page 4 


Continued from Page 2 

Perhaps we shouldn't make so 
much fuss about t he tardiness of 
our mail for it takes air mail let 
ters from Frank's home ten to fif- 
teen days to reach here. Regular 
mail, which is transported by boat 
takes three months. It is slowed 
down more so by the strict cen- 
sorship evoked. 

His family returns to the States 
about every three years where they 
reside in Wilmington, Deleware. 
Telling what his mother thought 
of the United States, he assures 
me she likes it very much. 

Frank's preference for planes 
lies in the .cockpit of a P-47. After 
the war he wants to return to his 
South American home, and if pos- 
sible, finish out his course in Chem- 
ical Engineering. 

An impression that has lodged 
with him a long time is the as- 
pect of Americans in foreign coun- 
tries. In his own words, "Americans 
in foreign countries stay~-together 
in one bunch and make very good 
friends. No matter how long they 
are away from the states they will 
always remain Yanks — my father 
for example." 

That perhaps sums up, as well as 
anything, an American's inherited 
love for his country. More than 
just being a member^ of us, Frank 
is in sense, a representative of men 
our age who seek our friendship 
and cooperation to build in the 
future a greater pathway of under- 
standing and civilization between 
South and North America. 

Fire Drill At 
58th C.T.D. 

Tuesday evening saw the alert- 
ness and discipline of the Avia- 
tion Students demonstrated in the 
proceedings of a surprise fire drill. 

Previous to the sounding of the 
fire bell, a swift glance through 
each room by a passer-bv would 
convey an impression that would 
be surprising — nay, staggering. 
Each student was diligently work- 
ing at his studies! However, as 
the bell was sounded, with no 
qualms of conscience on the part of 
the men, books were left, chairs 
sent askew, and pajama-clad sol- 
diers marched calmly to their po- 
sitions ~on the squadron street. 

Being their first fire drill, it 
must be noted that the new men 
were not so well acquainted with 
the procedures as the older men; 
however, in their fashion, the up- 
per-classmen displayed themselves 
as shining examples to their young- 
er buddies and, consequently, the 
new students blended in and the 
fire drill was carried out in an 
orderly fashion. Although there 
were a limited few — so few, in 
fact, that they may be termed neg- 
ligible — who were in no way re- 
sponsible for the success of the 
drill, it must be said that, in spite 
of this small setback, a comment 
was caused on the part of our 
Commanding Officer, which brought 
the procedure to a satisfactory 

As a whole, the Captain was 
very well pleased and commended 
highly the orderly fashion with 
which the drill was executed. He 
commended especially the orderly, 
"at ease" attitude with which the 
older men carried out the drill. 


At last, he's had his first attempt 
At flying for the Government, 

And I, since then, have born the 
As "Second Fiddle" to a plane. 

I know it must be quite a thrill. 
Combined with fear and youthful 
To clench that certain stick in 
And have the power to rise, or 

"Remember, Son, to level her nose 

At 600 feet — See there, now — 

you rose. 

First you climb, and then you drop. 

You'll have to learn to feather 

that prop." 

The "Flight Pattern", too, I know 
by heart. 
I review each lesson right from 
the start. 
Perhaps I'm selfish, but life was 
'Til a "bird" claimed the place 

that ought to be mine. 
Submitted to "Hot Pilot" Brooks 
by his wife, Frances ."Dotty Par- 
ker". This seemed to be too good 
to keep in the family, so the mem- 
bers of the TAKE OFF staff con- 
fiscated it for this week's issue. 

Doyle-Musser Feud 

Continued from Page 2 
hundred and forty-third. 

Certified by: J. C. Pray 
Instructor in Civil Air Regulations 
Certificate |177583 
Editors Note: For all persons 
interested, the original copy of the 
above citation may be seen on the 
bulletin board of the first floor of 
Thatcher Hall. Naturally the medal 
vrill be seen on the person of the 
winner, A|S Doyle. 


To those new men who have en- 
tered the halls of Mass. State the 
past week we extend a most hearty 
welcome. To you new men who 
are about to take your first step 
in the long climb toward the at- 
tainment of your coveted goal, 
a pair of silver wings, we of the 
TAKE OFF staff greet you and 
hope that your stay at'Mass. State 
will be pleasant and enjoyable. At 
times you will find the going tough, 
but as members of the Army Air 
Forces you should and must be 
able to combat any hardships that 

You will find studies passed out 
in large amounts, and at first it 

will seem as if you never have 
enough time to accomplish all the 
things expected of you. This is one 
of the requirements of an aviation 
student — being able to carry on 
his studies while drilling, keeping 
room clean and carrying out other 
varied duties. 

Physical Training will appear to 
be more rigorous at first but once 
the body has been conditioned to 
this, you men will find the three 
mile or the six minute mile cross 
iCOTintry course just another hur- 
dle and will have no trouble in 
successfully accomplishing these 

Weekend Activities 

The moving picture "Grapes of 
Wrath" starring Henry Fonda will 
be shown at Stockbridge Hall at 
8:00 p.m. Saturday evening for 
members of the Detachment and 
guests. Saturday the Amherst 
Theatre will show "Behind the 
Rising Sun" with Margo and Tom 
Neal, and on Sunday "Five Graves 
to Cairo" featuring Franchot Tone 
and Ann Baxter will be shown. 

The U.S.O. clubhouse on Spring 
Street will be open for dancing 
ping pong, cards, checkers, and 
other games. The extension club- 
room in the Congregational Church 
will be open for those desiring a 
chance to write letters. 

The American Legion Home op- 
posite the Drake Hotel will be open 
Saturday to members of the De- 
tachment and a most cordial wel-, 
come has been extended to the 
58th C.T.D. Refresiiments will be 

This weekend is the final chance 
for members of the detachment to 
swim and picnic at Look Mem- 
orial Park in Northampton. The 
Park offers the chance to rent 
bathing suits and offers excellent 
opportunities for games, swimming 
and picnics. The park is easily ac- 
cessible by bus either by means 
of the Florence or Look Park bus. 

Points of interest in Northamp- 
ton are the Calvin and Academy 
theaters, the U.S.O. and Carnegie 
Hall which features a dance every 
Saturday evening. 

The Mass. State swimming pool 
will be open Saturday afternoon 
and sports equipment will be avail- 
able to those men who are not 
able to leave the post this weekend. 

Corporal Robbins 

Continued from Page 1 

Captain Congleton, present at the 
qualification meet, checked Corpor- 
al Robbin's score as it is cus- 
tomary for the Sr. Commissioned 
Officer to do. 

Corporal Robbins, born in Minn- 
eapolis, Minnesota, and a resident 
of Springfield, Mass. for some 
15 years, tvrice before qualified 
as marksman the first time be- 
ing at Maxwell Field, Alabama. 
He also qualified at the Columbus 
Army Flying School in Missour. 

A member of the East Long 
Meadow Rod and Gun Club of 
Springfield, Corporal Robbins is 
very fond of hunting. 

Quoting the Corporal, "Crow 
shooting is my meat." 


Pass The Oxygen 

AjS Clyde Sawyer backed off -the bus because he heard 
that somebody was going to grab his seat. 

Irony: Frank Sinatra, who owns 46 percent of himself, 
is making a big hit with a song called "All or Nothing at AH". 

•Even A|S Russ Stimely calls his girl tapioca, because 
he can make her in a minute 

Dick Tracy has apprehended the ivllainous "8" Keys, but 
plenty of other pianists are getting away with murder. 

A]S Bob Stirling took milk and sugar to the movies be- 
cause he heard they were goingtohave a serial. 

One of the newest A|S's thought his bed was too narrow, 
so he has sent home for a bedspread. 

The war has its brighter aspects. It has abolished the 
Japs on Attu, the Italians on Sicily, and singing telegrams. 

A|S Bob Straiton went out in the field and took all his 
clothes off so he could shock the com. 

An English girl quotes an American soldier's love making : 
"Purse your lips, Gorgeous, I'm coming in on the beam." 

When you're down and out, something always turns up — 
and it's usually the noses of your friends. 

If you're the victim of a direct bomb hit — don"t go to 
pieces, lie still, hobody'll notice you. 

Fashion note at Mass. State: there will be little change 
in our pockets this weekend. 

A|S Thompson took whiskey to bed with him so he could 
sleep tight. 

Lt. Slate Departs From 58th 

Continued from Page 1 
eral times with him." Here is a 
•worthy man at the game for you 
ardent checker fanatics." 

The departing officer will cer- 
tainly be missed when he leaves. 
In his short stay with us, we have 
appreciated his honest efforts and 
sincere advice. Since his arrival 
we have been impressed by his 
military bearing and fine appear- 
ance. He is admired as being both 
an officer and a gentleman. In 
behalf of the administration and 
the personnel of the 58th C.T.D., 
we wish Lt. Slate much success in 
his future service with the Army 
Air Corps. We hope he enjoyed 
his stay here as much as we have 
enjoyed his services. It is sin- 
cerely hoped that his memories of 
the 58th C.T.D.| will not fade in 
distance between us. 

♦ •» 

Saving One For Her 

"My task in life," said the pas- 
tor, complacently, "consists in sav- 
ing young men." 

"Ah!" replied the maiden with 
a soulful longing, "save* a nice- 
looking one for me." 

Village Green Dance 

Only those who were presesit on 
the Amherst Village Green last 
Saturday night can really appre- 
ciate the wonderful time that was 
offered to all. 

The affair was something new 
and exciting. Old fashioned square 
dancers with a band, lights and a 
fine public address system. Old and 
new dances were brought together 
so that the old and young alike 
could enjoy themselves. 

Everyone had a really nice time. 
The green was covered with dan- 
cers; army and navy service men 
were whirling about to The Vir- 
ginia Reel and Paul Jones. It was 
the first dance of its kind for many, 
but everyone hopes for more. 

No one had an excuse for not 
joining in the fun. Even those who 
couldn't dance applauded to the 
music and enjoyed the dances just 
as much. 

There was some modern music as 
well as old so there was a fine re- 
union of our modern days with 
those of Ma and Pa's time. 

We are looking forward to sim- 
ilar affairs in the neai" future. 

U.S.O. Dance 
Great Success 

Marking the lifting of the Quar- 
antine on Squadron "A", Saturday 
night, a dance was held in the 
Massachusetts State College Drill 
Hall, under the auspices of the 
USO, for the Aviation Students 
of the 58th College Training De- 

The dance was not only out- 
standing in its organization and 
friendliness, but it was perhaps 
the first social affair attended by 
a majority of the members of 
Squadron "A" since their advent 
into the Army Air Force. That is, 
of course, excluding the previous 
serivce men in this outfit. 

The event was designed as the 
feature attraction of the weekend, 
and judging from the many fa- 
vorable comments that have been 
passed among the "Campus Pi- 
lots", the affair was more than a 

Recordings were the sole source 
of music, but with the floor crowd- 
ed with pretty USO junior hos- 
tesses and equally charming Mass. 
State Co-eds, those whose thoughts 
were centered about an orchestra. 

Answers To Quiz 

Questions on page 3 

1. Longitudinal, Lateral, Ver- 

2. Angle of Incidence is the 
angle at which the wings are at- 
tached to the fuselage. 

3. Carbon Dioxide compressed 
in a small cylinder. 

4. Transforms Brake horse- 
power of an engine into thrust. 

5. Rudder, ailerons, elevators. 

6. Air. 

7. Shallow. 

8. Rudder. 

9. Red, Blue, Green and White. 

10. Martin turret. 

soon forgot it in the excitement 
of a "swell time". 

From 8:30 'til 11:30, the tripping 
of the "light fantastic" went on 
interrupted except for a Grand 
March led by Pfc. and Mrs. Sauls, 
three delightful Polkas, and an 
old fashioned "Paul Jones" dance. 
A skilful job of emcee-ing was 
done by Post Chaplain Easton, who 
provided intermission comments. 
Chaperones for the dance were 
Captain Congleton, Lt. and Mrs. 
Kelly, and Lt. Madison. Refresh- 
ments were served to the dancing 
couples through the courtesy of 
the USO and Mr. Johnson. 


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Army Chaplain 
Talks To A IS 

Last Wednesday on the parade 
grounds of the 58th C.T.D., Chap- 
lain H. A. Dunkleberger gave a 
short, but inspiring tallc to the 
Detachment. Chaplain Dunkleber- 
ger, who now wears Captain's 
bars, before the war, held a 1st 
Lt. commission in the Army Re- 
serve Corps, Infantry. - 

At present he is coordinating 
Chaplain of the Army Air Forces 
Eastern Flying Training Com- 
mand. His present tour of duty 
is to inspect the religious activi- 
ties and facilities available in the 
College Training Detachments of 
the Northeast. 

The Chaplain remarked that, al- 
though we do not have a regular 
army Chaplain here on the Post, 
we should maintain our religious 
obligations and take advantage of 
the facilities available to us outside 
the post. 

Captain Dunkleberger said, 
"There is a long, long trail a 
winding to the ultimate goal of 
our dreams." He stated that the 
road we have to follow from now 
on is a most difficult one to tra- 
verse, and, with the spiritual gui- 
dance of our faith, we will acquire 
the necessary up-lift to attain 
that goal. 


Weekend Activities 

The American Legion home op- 
posite the Drake Hotel will be open 
Saturday to the members of the 
Detachment and a most cordial 
welcome has been extended to the 
68th C.T.D. Drop in for a sandwich 
and other refreshments which are 
served throughout the day. 

Saturday evening a moving pic- 
ture will be shown in Stockbridge 
Hall at 8 P.M. For those men 
not able to leave the post this 
weekend the swimming pool will 
be open at 2 P.M. and sports equip- 
ment will be issued to those men 
so desiring it. 

In Northampton special points 
Continued on Page 3 

U.S.O. Rings 
The Bell 

Talented Show 
Entertains 58th 

Last Tuesday, the 58th C.T.D. 
was entertained by the USO Tab- 
loid Troupe, No. 8. This troupe 
was organized in New York, and 
in a nine-week tour of service 
camps from coast-to-coast, has giv- 
en 269 performances, playing in 
mess halls, barracks, hospitals, and 
gun emplacements. 

The show was fast-moving, and 
the entertainers made good use 
of their talents. Emceeing the af- 
fair was jovial Al Morrison, whose 
steady line of chatter, intermingled 
with some vocalizing, and a solo 
on the violin, reminded one of 
Jack Benny and his attempts to 
play, "Love in Bloom." 

Irv Harris, accordion player par- 
excellence, opened the show with 
several popular tunes on his ac- 
cordion. He recently returned from 
Greenland with a USO unit. Irv 
demonstrated his versatality by ac- 
companying the rest of the cast 
on the piano. 

Next, lovely Mildred Morton 
danced her way into the hearts of 
the appreciative audience with an 
intricate toe-dance. Later on, she 
appeared in a patriotic mood — 
tapping and singing to the strains 
of "Yankee Doodle Dandy". 

As a variation — or diversion — 
Betty Reeve out did Joan Davis 
with her contortions on the stage. 
Her imitations of Carmen Miranda 
and Eleanor Roosevelt would have 
been a welcome addition to any 
Broadway musical comedy. 

Topping off the well-balanced 
program, Bobby Baxter vocalized, 
and the numerous curtain calls 
were sufficient proof as to his 
popularity. Starting with "You'll 
Never Know", and ending with his 
leading the audience in the sing- 
ing of "God Bless America", Bax- 
ter entranced his listeners. His 
rendition of "The Donkey Sere- 
nade" would have won any popu- 
larity contest poll. ' 

Col. Parker Visits 58th 

Miami CO Takes 

Hills Memorial 
Drops Curtain 

Last Sunday, August 29, saw 
the highlight of the season for 
Servicemen at the Hill's Memorial 
Clubhouse. Th^ day was one of 
those dreamy, windy days when 
minds drift into thoughts of that 
gal back home, and the favorite 
"hand-swing" walk. The fifty young 
people, men in uniform and "club 
daughters", enjoyed to the full 
the outdoor sports and the indoor 
games and the reminiscent musi- 
cal melodies that comprised the 
schedule for the day. 

A feature especially arranged 
for the program, took place at 
3:30 in the afternoon, when the 
guests, seated on the lawn, heard 
Professor Garrison give the sol- 
diers a hearty welcome to the 
friendly town of Amherst. Profes- 
sor Garrison characterized Amherst 
as the poetical center of the sur- 
rounding country, where Emily 
Dickinson VTrote her renowned 
works. The professor then intro- 
duced Mrs. Susan Skillings, who 
entertained the interested audi- 
ence with a recital of the build- 
ing of the two Hills residences, 
one of which she occupies, and the 
other, built by her grandfather 
many years ago, now used as a 
clubhouse by the servicemen sta- 
tioned in the neighborhood. Mrs. 
Skillings recounted many anecdotes 
of life in the two houses, many of 
Continued on Page 3 


Congratulations are extended to 
A|S Harold Miller and his wife 
Jane Miller, who are the proud 
parents of a baby girl, born at 
12:48 P.M., September 1, 1943, at 
the Uniontown Hospital, Union- 
town, Penn. Mother and daughter 
are fine and father is 99 44|100% 

Pass the cigars this way Harold. 

Wed. Review 

Colonel Ralph M. Parker, a na- 
tive of South Carolina and a 

member of U. S. Cavalry for many 
years, has highlighted this week 
by the reviewing of Aviation Stu- 
dents at M.S.C. 

His eventful and uninterrupted 
career under the services of the 
U.S. Army had its birth in 1899 
when he enlisted in the Cavalry. 
In 1901 he was promoted to 2nd 
Lt. of this branch of service. As a 
pioneer in the Cavalry he served 
in Puerto Rico, the Phillipines, Cu- 
ba, Hawaii, and the Panama Canal 
Zone. He has, to his adventurous 
life, a grand total of ten and a 
half years of foreign tropical ser-. 
vice. He is a graduate of the 
Cavalry School Command and Gen- 
eral Staff School in Kansas, and 
the War College in Washington 
D. C. 

At the youthful age of 19, he 
was appointed C. O. of Paran- 
quitas, Puerto Rico. At this point 
there was no stopping his rapid 
ascent toward military success. In 
quick succession he held offices as 
commander of the 9th U. S. Cav- 
alry, 11th U. S. Cavalry, post of 
Monterey, Calif., at the Michigan 
Military area, and post of Corozal 
Canal Zone. 

As a 2nd Lt. he took part in the 
suppression of the first Phillipine 
insurrection. This consisted of sev- 
eral months of jungle fighting. 

In World War I he served as 
Inspector General for General 
Leonard Wood at Cilmp Funston, 

Besides a brother. Major Gen- 
eral Frank Parker, U. S. Army, 
retired, who commanded the 1st 
Division in Argonne in World War 
1, the Colonel has two daughters. 
One is married to Colonel R. M. 
Barton who was wounded in the 
first Japanese raid at Dutch Har- 
bor and who is at present sta- 
Continued on Page 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 

Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

— ♦■» 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Editor-in-Chief William Berryman 

Copy Editor - Dale W. Brooks 

News Editor Robert Tigner 

Features Editor Garnet Thompson 

News Board Features Board Staff Photographers 

Nicholas Eny William Sippel Richard Kaufman 

Edward Duim Roger O'Connor John Perry 

Walter Gallager Melvin Davis 

Henry De Marco Lawrence Scott 

Circulation Manager Secretary 

John Frank Melvin Smith 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


The recent valuable and inspiring visit of Captain Dun- 
kleberger of the Chaplains Corps reminds us once again 
of a very important feature of everyone's life, and especially 
of a soldier's . . . religion. 

Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced 
some difficulty or disappointment that, at the time, seemed 
almost unbearable. All of us, in the course of life, may ex- 
pect to meet much tribulation . . . that is LIFE. However, 
those of us who have developed within ourselves a deep 
and abiding faith in the mercy of the Almighty will find 
our burdens lightened greatly through the knowledge of 
His love. We're not trying to preach . . . this is no sermon 
. . . but we do believe that a serious consideration of what 
religion promises us can be of tremendous help to every 
one of us. 

Religion is not outdated; it never becomes old fashioned. 
It is as real and as potent a force today as it was ten centuries 
ago. The soldier Loyola was no nearer to God than the pilot 
of the bomber who, the other day, told of how, as he "sweat- 
ed" his burning plane home, his thoughts were "on the Man 
upstairs". There's more than euphonious poetry in the title 
of the song, "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer." 

Think a bit Soldier! Have you allowed yourself to become 
lax with regard to your religious duties, whatever they 
may be? It's a generally accepted fact that Army life is 
conducive to nourishing the spark of faith that is in most 
of us . . . are You the exception ? 

Details Of A.A.F. 

A sweeping War Department di- 
rective, outlining the details of a 
streamlined organization plan for 
the recently established Army Air 
Forces Training Command, and 
providing for the redesignation of 
the Flying Training Centers and 
the Technical Training Commands 
which compose it, was announced 

The plan integrates the functions 
of the former Flying Training and 
Technical Training Commands, 
which were merged July 7, to form 
the present AAF Training Com- 
mand, headed by Major General 
Barton K. Yount, with headquar- 
ters at Fort Worth, Texas. 

Under the tremendous new set- 
up. Brig. Gen. F. Kraus has been 
designated General Yount's Chief 
of Staff. 

Brig. Gen. W. W. Welsh, a form- 
er Commanding General of the 
Southeast Training Center, and 
Chief of Staff of that organization 
at the time of his new appointment, 
has been named General Yount's 
Deputy Chief of Staff for Flying 
Training, and Colonel J. P. Mc- 
Connell, also formerly of South- 
east, his Deputy Chief of Staff for 
Technical Training. 

The organization plan divides the 
coast-to-coast training system into 
Eastern, Central, and Western a- 
reas. Flying, technical, and basic 
training functions will be closely 
coordinated within each area. 

The AAF Southeast Training- 
Center, commanded by Major Gen- 
eral Thomas J. Hanley, Jr., with 
headquarters at Maxwell Field, 
Ala., has been designated "The 
Army Air Forces Eastern Flying 
Training Command". 

The AAF Gulf Coast Training 
Center, commanded by Major Gen- 
eral Gerald C. Brant, with head- 
quarters at Randolph Field, Texas, 
has been designated "The Army 
Air Forces Central Flying Train- 
i n g 6ommand " ; the AAF 
West Coast Training Center, com- 
manded .by Major General Ralph 
Cousins, with headquarters at San- 
ta Anna, Cal., has been renamed 
"The Army Air Forces Western 
Flying Training Command". 

Twenty-two Flying Training 
Wings, each commanded by a gen- 
eral Officer, will operate within 
the Flying Training Commands. 
These wings will serve to coordin- 

Conlinued on Page 3 


This week's biographical candi- 
date hails from the near, yet dis- 
turbingly far, area of Boston. The 
exact place where Walter Francis 
Gallagher, Jr. was bom is a town 
called Brookline, Mass., "which, 
Walter hastens to point out, is 
not to be confused with a commun- 
ity of similar name in New York. 
At 19 years of age, he has com- 
pleted what is, in many ways, a 
unique school life. Walt is an ex- 
cellent example of the varied, yet 
thorough, system of education in 
the United States. Many new and 
exciting ideas are introduced each 
year throughout our high schools 
for dramatic, musical, debating, lit- 
erary, artistic, and athletic pro- 
grams, yet the impetus given by 
Alice Howard Spaulding to a group 
of Brookline High students, of 
which Walter was a key figure, will 
long remain an unusual one. 

Miss Spaulding posed the ques- 
t;on,"Why not compose a book a- 
bout American youth, written by 
young Americans, to show the like- 
nesses, instead of the habitual dif- 
ferences, between the youth of 
England and our own?" The staff 
consisted of three student editors 
and about thirty contributors. The 
actual compilation and presenta- 
tion of the information was done 
by the editors, vinith Miss Spauld- 
ing checking the progress of the 
book as a whole. Walter's part 
consisted of showing how our lit- 
erature has gradually tended to 
present the causes and facts of 
the American Revolution in their 
true light, stripped of all Flag 
waving, overzealous patrio1;ism and 
highly colored phrases. In other 
words, "here is the whole question 
of British and American Contention 
presented in fact, how does it strike 
you?" He also reported on the 
mining situation and coal strikes, 
commenting on the fact that it was 
an Englishmen, Samuel Gompers, 
the first advocate of the closed 
shop, who brought his idea to the 
U. S. Another one of his tasks was 
to show how Americans study and 
appreciate English literature, lov- 
ing the immortal works of Shake- 
speare, Milton, Bunyan, and 
Browning; how we, as a younger 
nation, unconsciously tend to write 
along the same themes and philos- 
ophies, yet all the while developing 
a definite literary progress of our 
own. Walt also contributed notes 

Continued on Page 4 


Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. The landing light on the left 
wing of an airplane is: (a) red, 
(b) green, (c) white. 

2. A control area and control zone 
[are alike. True or false. 

.3. The wing span on a Piper Cub 
training plane is 24 ft., 32 ft., 40 ft. 

|)4. A parachute jump should never 

be made when there is a wind 

with a ground speed of 13, 15, or 

i 18 miles per hour. 

5. Navigation lights on an airplane 
are: (1) red and blue, (2) red and 
green, or (3) blue and green. 

6. Seeing shades of black and white 
is: (a) night mirage, (b) Hedy 
Lamarr in a nightie, or (c) night 

7. Aeroembolism is: (a) need of 
oxygen, (b) the bends, or (c) pi- 
lot astigmatism. 

8. Unless otherwise provided, air- 
craft on water shall navigate ac- 
cording to the laws and regulations 
governing navigation of: (a) sea 
planes, (b) aircraft, or (c) water 

9. Too sharp a turn will cause a 
■ pilot to: (a) blackout, <b) sneeze, 

or (c) red out. 

10. A red out is caused by: (a) a 
. mickey fin, (b) flying upside down, 

or (c) minus G's. 

11. Pilotage is another name for: 
(a) flying by radio, (b) flying with 
reference to the ground and seeing 
objects thereon, or (c) a . term 
used by pilots^ when they fly by the 
seat of their pants. 

12. Which, of the follovsdng Naval 
aircraft do not have folding wings : 
(a) TBF Grumman, (b) Douglas 
SBD, or (c) Vought F4u. 

13. Which one of the following 
parts on an airplane would be 
chiefly responsible for keeping it 
from yawing: (a) verticle fin, (b) 
ailerons, or, (c) stabilizer. 

14. Skidding means the same as 
side slipping. True or false. 

15. The Boston, Havoc, and Intru- 
der are all names associated with: 
(a) B-25, (b) A-36, (c) A-20. 

16. The expression "leading an 
airplane" is most closely associa- 
ted with: (a) taxiing, (b) bomb- 
ing or (c) aireal gunnery. 

17. Two minutes past midnight is 
in Army time: (a) 2402, (b) 0002 
or, (c) 0200. 

Answers on page 4 

General Hanley 

Additional Information Con- 
cerning Chief of Eastern Fly- 
ing Training Command 

Some weeks ago, when the news 
that Major General Thomas J. 
Hanley, Jr. had assumed com- 
mand of the AAF Southeast Train- 
ing Center was first received, the 
staff of TAKE OFF dug into the 
files and came up with a short 
biography of General Hanley. Since 
that time, official information re- 
garding General Hanley's long and 
spectacular career has been re- 
ceived by Headquarters, and, in 
the light of this information, we 
find that the story carried in TAKE 
OFF at that time contained one 
or two errors, which we are happy 
to correct. Following is a story 
about General Hanley's career, 
based on the official information 
now available. 

General Hanley has been as- 
sociated with the Air Corps and 
its development since 1917. 

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, March 
29, 1893, he was graduated from 
The United States Military Acade- 
my in 1915. Commissioned as a 
Second Lieutenant in the Infantry 
upon completing his course at West 
Point, he earned the bars of a 
First Lieutenant July 1, 1916. 

He was ordered to flying train- 
ing in the Aviation Section of the 
Signal Corps on July 1, 1916, and 
completed his training in March, 
1917. He was transferred from the 
Infantry to the Aviation Section, 
Signal Corps, on April 6, 1917. 

He became a Captain May 15, 
1917; Major (temporary) July, 
1918; and a Lieutenant Colonel 
(temporary) in October, 1918. He 
reverted to his rank of Captain 
on June 30, 1920, and. was promo- 
ted to Major in July, 1920; to 
Lieutenant Colonel in June, 1936; 
to Colonel in March, 1940. 

General Hanley served on the 
General Staff Corps from June 
26, 1939 to June 1, 1941 as G-3, 
Puerto Rican Department, and a- 
gain from August 13 to November 
17, 1941 as a member -of the Air 

He was graduated from the Air 
Service Field Officers' School in 
1921; from the Army Industrial 
College in 1925; and from the Com- 
mand and General Staff School in 

Well acquainted with the prob- 
lems of fliers from years of ex- 
perience. General Hanley is rated 
as a Command Pilot, Combat Ob- 
server, and Technical Observer. 

Small World 

The oft coined phrase "It's a 
small world" had good reason to 
be used again by that veritable 
spark plug, "Sgt. Virelle". While 
thumbing his way through the 
rosters of the men of Squadron D, 
he came upon a name that sounded 
vaguely familiar. 

We imagine it was a pleasant 
surprise for "Mom" Virelle to find 
a cousin in the new ranks of the 
58th. But not being sure, the Sgt. 
called for this fellow and, believe 
it or not, he turned out to be a 
second cousin. 

When questioned about this odd 
coincidence Sgt. Virelle stated that 
it was something new and novel 
to have a relative in the Detach- 
ment, but that he would not hesi- 
tate to gig his youthful relative 
should the occasion arise. 

Sgt. Virelle is a good soldier 
and it is quite likely that good 
soldiers run in families. 

»« » 

Opportunities At Take Off 

As many of the older members 
of the staff will be moving out 
in the near future there will be 
numerous opportunities for n^ 
men to fill their places. Any stu- 
dents who wish to write for the 
paper should contact either Bill 
Berryman, room 216 or Dale W. 
Brooks, room 105 Thatcher Hall. 

Hills Memorial Drops Curtain 

Continued from Page 1 
which were very amusing. The 
stories left all who heard them 
with a feeling of personal ac- 
quaintance with the houses and 
their erstwhile inhabitants. 

Next, Professor Garrison pre- 
sented Mrs. Sumner Parker, who, 
after delivering a number of com- 
pliments that had our lads blush- 
ing, extended to all an invitation to 
partake of refreshments provided 
for the affair. 

The entertainment of last Sun- 
day was the twentieth of a series 
held at the Hills Clubhouse for 
Servicemen since last April. Dur- 
ing this period of less than five 
months, nearly 500 have registered 
as guests of the Club. Thirty six 
States, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, 
and Cairo, Egypt, are represented- 
in the registrations. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 1 
of interest are: 

Saturday evening, the U.S.O. 
Clubhouse in the Y.M.C.A! buildingT 
The Calvin and Academy of Mu- 
I sic theaters. 

A.A.F. Reorganization 

Continued from Page 2 
ate specific types of Flying Train- 
ing activities at the various schools. 
Eastern Flying Training Wings will 
be located at Ft. Myers, Fla., Al- 
bany, Ga., Valdosta, Ga., Macon, 
Ga., Jackson, Miss., Smyrna, Tenn., 
and Lawrenceville, 111. 

The former Technical Training 
Command Districts have been con- 
solidated into three new Technical 
Training Commands. The reorgan- 
ization provides for the inactiva- 
tion of the old TTC Headquarters 
at Knollwood, N. C, and of the 
3rd and 5th Technical Training 
Districts, with headquarters at Tul- 
sa, Okla., and Miami Beach, Fla. 

Commanding the newly created 
Eastern Technical Training Com- 
mand, with headquarters at Greens- 
boro, N. C, is Major General J. 
E. Fickel. Major General John F. 
Curry will head the Western TTC 
with headquarters at Denver, Colo., 
and Major General Frederick L. 
Martin will head the Central TTC, 
with headquarters at St. Louis, Mo. 
Each of the major activities with- 
in the Technical Training Com- 
mands will be headed by a Brig- 
adier General. 

Facilities at Tulsa and Miami 
Beach were reassigned to the Three 
new Technical Training Commands, 
effective August 31. 

It was pointed out that the reor- 
ganization is designed to effect 
close coordination between flying 
and technical training commanders 
operating in the same general a- 

The new AAF Training Com- 
mand is the largest single command 
in the entire Army with head- 

quarters outside of Washington, 
D. C. It will operate a nation wide 
network of flying and technical 
schools, and basic training centers. 
It will train pilots, navigators, bom- 
bardiers, aerial gunners, and more 
than 65 different types of ground 
and air combat crew technicians, 
including airplane mechanics, ma- 
chinists, armorers, radio operators, 
weather observers, and forecasters, 
parachute riggers, bombsight main- 
tenance men, welders, sheet metal 
workers, teletype operators, ad- 
ministrative and technical clerks, 
glider mechanics, and power tur- 
ret specialists. 

Church Services: 

Roman Catholic 'services will be 
held Sunday at 8:30 A.M. in St. 
Brigid's Church, Protestant ser- 
vices at Memorial Hall at 9 :00 A.M. 
and Jewish services at 2:00 P.M. at 
389 North Pleasant Street. 


Pass The Oxygen 

Observations On Flying and Otherwise 

AjS Warren Scott ran around the top of a Wheaties box, 
because it said, "Tear around here." 

A|S Moussetis, "The Chaplain" — "Flying is something 
to be looked up to." 

A|S Vitasek sat by a busy intersection with two slices of 
bread waiting for the traffic jam. 

A|S McLaughlin — "Roast beef tastes very good the 
second time." 

A|S London drank 8 cokes and burped 7-Up. 

AJS London — "I like the blonde best, keep 'em flying." 

AJS Shimmel pulled bis teeth out so he could show his 

A|S Lazar — "I'm still wondering what those three roads 
are for in front of the hangars." 

A|S Tom Gruely lay with his head on the curb to keep 
his mind out of the gutter. 

A|S Sackett — "I did a beautiful side take off today." 

Irony: "Why wasn't you at the 28th street station like 
I told you to be ?" says Dopey. 

"Aw", says Mopey, "The train I was on didn't stop at 
28th street- so I got off twice at 14th street. Where wuz 

A|S G. Warren quoting his instructor "I don't know maybe 
its me." 

"Name a great time saver." 

"Love at first sight." 

AIS Doyle — "I like flying when the instructor does it." 

Col. Parker Visits 58th 

Continued jrom Page 1 
tioned at the Quartermaster Gen- 
eral's office at Washington D. C. 
in charge of operations, his other 
son-in-law, Colonel P. B. Grif- 
fet, is now exercising an impor- 
tant command in the Pacific. 

While stationed at Miami Beach 
Air Base Command as Commanding 
OffiiCer, Colonel Parker received an 
anonymous letter complaining a- 
bout the singing of soldiers in 
early morning. Said the Colonel 
in an open letter, "Please arise 
at the first sound of Military ac- 
tivity each morning and get down 
on your knees with all the mem- 
bers of your household who are 
disturbed thereby and offer thanks 
to God Almighty with me and all 
the rest of us, that those are 
Americans singing American songs, 
and not Germans or Japanese sing- 
ing victory songs in American 

This letter was first published in 
the newspapers and is now con- 
sidered a famous ode to Amer- 
ican patriotism. 

Surprising, since he has been 
in the Army from such an early 
age, is the fact that he is the 
proud possessor of a B.A. degree 
and a M.A. degree in Education, 
the latter of which he was granted 
at the University of Vermont. In 
the capacities of Commandant and 
professor he was stationed, res- 
pectively, at the University of Ver- 
mont (1913-1916) and at the U- 
niversity of Arizona (1921-24) as 
instructor of Military Science and 

He has specialized in training 
civilian components, long distance 
marches for the cavalry, and polo. 
The creation of facilities for ath- 
letics and recreation for enlisted 
men has also been of special in- 
terest to him. "Military training 
for civilians has been of special 
interest to me for many years. 
I am greatly iiyipressed by the 
wonderful work being done through 
out the country by the Army in 
this field. Wherever I go I see 
large groups of the finest men in 
the world receiving the best train- 
ing and treatment ithat have ever 

Answers To Quiz 

Questions on page 3 

1. (c) White, as all landing 
lights are white. 

2. False. 

3. 32 ft. 

4. 15 m.p.h. 

5. Red and green. 

6. Night vision. 

7. The bends. 

8. Water craft. 

9. Blackout. 

10. Minus G's. 

11. (b). 

12. Douglas SBD. 

13. Verticle Fin. 

14. True. 

15. A-20. 

16. Aerial gunnery. 

17. 0002. 

been received by any troops in the 
world. The conduct, appearance, 
and fitness of our men is far bet- 
ter than it has been during any 
wars of the past." 

"This is my fourth war mobi- 
lization and what I think has im- 
pressed me more favorably than 
anything else is the splendid rela- 
tionship existing between officers 
and soldiers of all grades. It is 
certainly a wonderful tribute to 
our American methods and capa- 

The parade and review which 
I had the honor and pleasure to 
review yesterday at M. S. C, was 
certainly the equal of the best that 
I have seen, and I have seen many. 
I was careful to look into the face 
of every man on. the field with a 
view of appraising them as po- 
tential pilots. What I saw there, 
in every face made me feel proud 
and happy to be a part of the 
U. S. Army." 

"The mothers and fathers of 
those young men can certainly feel 
proud of their contribution to the 
effort that we are making towards 
a safer and better world. My con- 
gratulations and sincere thanks go 
to them in this serious and grand 
sacrifice that they are making." 

As a final concern for the A|S 
at M. S. C. he states, "To you 
young men, keep your chins up 
and a smile throughout your pe- 
riod of duty in the army. When 
you get those wings I hope that 
smile will expand into a healthy, 
happy grin. But, when you ap- 
proach your first target, get ser- 
ious and be determined to hit the 
spot with your first stick of bombs, 
and I hope those bombs find their 
mark and repay you for all the 
effort and sacrifice that you are 


Continued from Page 2 

in collaboration with the other ed- 
itors about sports, hobbies, how 
recreation time was spent, how one 
spent evenings alone with his girl, 
favorite soda fountain talk, the 
varied reactions of boys and girls 
to certain things, and so on. Thus, a 
main object of the book was an 
attempt to give a mental pantomine 
of the youth of our country as a 
whole. The personal benefit from 
this venture Walter puts like this; 
"I spent many afternoons observ- 
ing actions and characteristics of 
the youth of this country, and gain- 
ed knowledge for myself that 
would have otherwise been missed." 

As you can see, this work is of 
considerable iliagnitude for a well 
schooled literary adult let alone a 
group of comparatively inexper- 
ienced high school students. But 
one has just to talk with Aviation 
Student Gallagher to realize he 
could very well handle what he 
did. He is intensely interested in 
the subject, and keenly aware of 
what is going on. Needless to say, 
our congratulations and admiration 
go out to Walter, and perhaps they 
are mixed with not a little awe. 

The book itself, entitled "Sin- 
cerely Yours" took six months to 
compile and 'was published in trip- 
licate in Brookline. One copy re- 
mains in Brookline, one goes to 
the Library of Congress, and the 
third is to be sent to England. 
Archibald MacLeish, head of the 
Library of Congress, has seen fit 
to endorse the book. 

Walter graduated from high 
school in June of '43. He participa- 
ted in boxing and ice hockey, play- 
ing varsity left wing in the latter 
sport. He was also a member of the 
school debating team. 

Walt joined the Air Corps in 
June, and came to the 58th as a 
member of Squadron "E". From 
basic training to CTD is adequately 
expressed in this statement Walt 
made to his beloved, purloined for 
this column by one of his friends 
( ?) : "Never is a feast so profound- 
ly enjoyed as when the first course 
is of misery". Some of his likes 
range from a preference for a P-47 
to music by Harry James, Andre 
Kostelanetz, and the Russian con- 
temporary, Shastakovitch. 

Globe-trotting and a universal 
education are Walt's plans for the 
post-war period . . . We hope that 
the realization of these wishes is 
not far off, and that success will 
follow this genial gent wherever 
he goes. 












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Lt. George D. Miller returned 
early this month after attending 
a thirty-day course at the Ran- 
dolph Field Tactical School for 
Commandants of Cadets in San 
Antonio, Texas. The s<:hool was run 
along the same principles as our 
squadrons here at M.S.C., with 
flight leaders and squadron officers 
chosen from their own group. The 
class consisted of all commissioned 
officers ranging from 2nd Lieu- 
tenants to Majors. Although they 
wore officers' insignia, they were 
not recognized as such. They were 
restricted to camp, and had their 
regular scheduled open posts. 

The most important objective 
of the course, was to bring to 
light the need of teaching self- 
discipline to new cadets, and equal- 
izing their educational background. 
Other points of Cadet training 
stressed were Military Customs and 
Courtesies, Physical Training, and 
War Orientation. War Orientation 
Continued on Page 3 

♦ » » 

Weekend Activities 

A preview of the week-end pre- 
sents many an opportunity for a 
soldier's good time. As always we 
will enjoy the hospitality and 
friendship of the towns and sur- 
rounding .country side. As a mat- 
ter of duty and personal pride let 
us do nothing that will in any way 
mar this good will. 

Theaters : 
Amherst Theater 

Saturday, Bing Crosby, Dorothy 
-Lamour in "Dixie" 

Sunday, "White Sayage" with 
Maria Montez, John Hall and Sabu. 
Acdemy of Music (Northampton) 

Sat. and Sun. Double Feature. 
"White Savage" and "Follow the 
Band" with Francis Langford and 
Ray Eberle. 
Calvin Theater (Northampton) 

Friday through Monday, Double 
Feature. "Coney Island" with Bet- 
ty Gr^le, George Montgomery, 
L Comtmutd on Page 3 

Fare Thee Well 

Pausing in the progression of 
days at the 58th., we honor the 
members of the TAKE OFF staff 
who this week complete their ac- 
tive service with the paper. The 
following men, in their faithful- 
ness and activity with the paper, 
have done much to keep the de- 
tachment morale on its hightest 
level : 

William Berryman, Dale W. 
Brooks, Robert Tigner, Garnett 
Thompson, John Frank, Melvin 
Smith, John Perry, Warren Scott, 
Melvin Davis, Arnold Sutherland, 
and William Sippel. 

Two of the TAKE OFF's mem- 
bers we are proud to include in 
the biographical column of this 

The Best Boys Of All 
Go To Carnegie Hall 

A dance was held last Saturday 
night, August 4, at Carnegie Hall 
in Northampton. In the gathering 
were many lads from the 58th 

Northampton is regarded by the 
men of the 58th as being an ac- 
tive, friendly town, with girls of 
real attractive beauty overflow- 
ing with desire to please the men 
in uniform by dancing with them 
to their favorite jeweled melody, 
the type of song that every John- 
ny Doughboy thinks was created 
for just him and his gal. 

On the edge of the dancing, 
dreaming couples, stood the uni- 
formed throng with that age-old 
"will-you-dance-with-me ? " expres- 
sion emanating from their radiant, 
expectant faces. 

The dance floor was smooth and 
fast. The keen and well-apprecia- 
ted instrumentalist, Ray Black, en- 
chanted the dancers with slow, 
'cradling, popular songs, and as he 
played, one could hear the rythmic 
shuffle of the 58th C.T.D.'s freed 
fe#t. Ray's sinevvry, but temporarily 
willingly befogged, dancing au- 
Continued on Page 4 

You Have To 
Be Irish 

According to A|S Bernard Reed, 
the surest way to have TWO 
healthy sets of .twins is to be 
Irish. When asked if he was sur- 
prised by this odd coincidence, he 
nonchalantly replied, "No, you see 
they come from peerless Irish 
stock." This was his way of saying 
that this occurrance, to an Irish- 
man, was just something to be 

The first set of twins, a boy and 
girl, was born July 7, 1942. The 
proud parents fondly named them 
Kay Ann and Garry Allen. Ac- 
cording to Mrs. Reed, the boy re- 
sembles his mother and the girl 
her father. 

The second blessed event added 
two girls- to an already growing 
and happy family. This memorable 
day fell on the 5th of Sept., 1943. 
In true colleen style the girls were 
named Karen Lee and Sharon Lou. 
The happy father seemed especially 
concerned about the hair of the ba- 
bies, due to its flaming color. He 
seems to feel that their having such 
"poppy-red" tresses shows a trait 
of high character. 

Of course we thought that ri- 
valry might spring up immediately 
between the two sets of twins. 
Continued on Page 3 

Church Services 

Over the weekend let us not 
forget religious activity. Many 
faiths are represented by the 
churches of Amherst, 'and they all 
are most eager and glad to have 
your attendance for one hour or 
so. The importance of this cannot 
be stressed too much as was point- 
ed out in the editorial of last 

Following is a list «o(f services 
scheduled for tomorrow: 
First Congregationl Church, 

Main St. 

10:45 A.M. Sermon: "When you 
doubt God." 

Rev. Roy M. Pearson. 

Continued on Page 3 

58th CTD Adopts 
New Mascot 

The first time we witnessed a 
retreat parade at Massachusetts 
State, the day after our arrival, 
and the only time we saw it as 
spectators, we were surprised to 
see a tow-haired little fellow about 
four years old run out and take his 
place in front of the band. When 
the command "Pass in Review" was 
given we noticed that this little 
shaver took up his station on the 
flank of the band and marched 
around with them, never for an 
instant leaving them until they left 
the field after the parade. 

When we had taken our places in 
the ranks as participants in the 
parade a few days later, out of 
the corners of our eyes we saw the 
same little fellow with the band. 
Each day we had retreat he was 
there. One day he was missing; we 
wondered why: Was he sick? Had 
something happened to him ? But 
the next day he was back again. 

Then Colonel Parker, the Com- 
manding Officer at Miami, came 
and took the review. Gene — ^for 
that's the tot's name — ^was on the 
flank of the band as fhey passed 
the reviewing point. He didn't know 
who the Colonel was, but his train- 
ing had schooled him for this mo- 
ment. Smartly his eyes went right, 
up came his ai'm to salute, (to be 
truthful it was his left but no one 
cared), and with rigid dignity he 
passed the Colonel. The Colonel, 
with equal dignity, recognized and 
returned the salute. 

Who is this boy who has adopted 
the 58th? Two of the reporters 
of TAKE OFF were assigned to 
find out. One talked to him, and 
asked where he lived. He tried to 
tell, but at his early age his mili- 
tary training evidently is well be- 
yond his vocabulary. Accordingly, 
flanked by two soldiers, he pro- 
ceded to his home a few houses 
away from the compus. 

His mother, once assured he was 
not in trouble, supplied the fol- 
lowing facts. His name is Gene. 
Continued on Page 3 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 

Editor-in-Chief William Berryman 

Copy Editor Dale W. Brooks 

News Editor Robert Tigner 

Features Editor Garnet Thompson 

News Board Features Board Staff Photographers 

Nicholas Eny William Sippel Richard Kaufman 

Edward Dunn Roger O'Connor John Perry 

Walter Gallager Melvin Davis 

Henry De Marco Lawrence -Scott 

Circulation Manager Secretary 

John Frank Melvin Smith 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


It goes back quite a way to the time when you were just 
a high school civilian, you were Johnny American with plaid 
socks, saddle shoes, and bow ties. You went to school when 
you wanted to, maybe skipped a day now and then. You were 
the guy who ordered a coffee soda with pineapple ice cream ; 
caught that "impossible" pass and lost your heart and 
class ring when "Mary American" walked by. Then some- 
thing happened that made you grow a little faster, take 
things a little more seriously, and concentrate on something 
definite. Yes — the war ! 

Remember the first poster? Red, White and Blue ribbons 
flashing out at you ? Wings on each comer ; faces turned to the 
sky; and planes of silver pointing into the sun, started that 
pulse beating a little faster. It started at the heels and ting- 
led its way to the eyes. You said "Gosh, Ive got something 
to do, another job, a new task. "So you joined the Air Corps. 
No, you did not ask for the chance to fly, you just walked 
up to a rather hard looking desk and cockly spouted "I'm 
going to join the Air Corps. I'm going to fly." 

Yes, you took your tests with that "aren't you lucky to 
have me" expression on your face. You were giving some- 
thing, not getting anything. The sergeants and corporals 
just smiled. 

Maybe Jean who lives in France, Stanley who used to smile 
when Polish planes droned overhead, or Carl who lies im- 
prisoned in some pig stye in Belgium would like to have a 
chance at the goal of every A|S wings. 

But you are not Jean or Stanley or beaten Carl, and you 
have the chance. You will always have the privilege to try 
to make the grade. 

You, Johnny American, shall never grovel under an op- 
pressors heel or be thrown to the ground by a madman's 
blow; for you are one of the men who are fighting to keep 

such catastrophies away from our land AND WHO 



We bake a portion of this price- 
less column to introduce our new 
high command of our weekly mas- 
terpiece, TAKE OFF. 

Our new chief of Staff is Walt 
(Snatch) Gallagher of Brookline, 
Mass. who gained his experience 
at the expense of the local high 
school tabloid, also served as an 
editor for the book, "Sincerely 

Hank P. DeMarco from Shelton, 
Conn, takes over the copy editor's 
task. "Hank" previously wrote for 
the Saint Mary Academy "Orange- 
peel" and the Holy Cross, "Tom- 

Our news editor is Roger O'Con- 
nor, from Pittsburg, Pa., who pre- 
viously "dug dirt" on various lo- 
cal papers. 

Daniel Gooden, our feature editor 
hails from Cranston, R. I. and is 
a former Mt. Pleasant High editor. 

Our news board consists of Wal- 
ter Fay and Leslie Davis who did 
choice snooping assignments for 
the Mt. Pleasant "Trumpeter" and 
Hopedale High "Blue Flame", re- 
spectively. Fay calls Greystone, 
R. I. home, and Les, Hopedale, 

Johnny Hefferman is our fea- 
ture writer. Johnny's origin is Ha- 
verhill, Mass. 

Dick Kaufman and Johnny Per- 
ry will master the news sheet 

Al Ekstrom of East Greenwich, 
R. I. does the typing and Eddie 
Dunn takes over the duties of cir- 
culation manager. 

One of our new masters of the 
drawing board is Jim Kakides who 
hails* from Haverhill, Mass. Jim 
previously drew for the Haverhill 
High's Brown and Gold. 

The other half will be handled 
by Albert Harring. 

Our new newshawks are Bill Har- 
wood and Steve Curtis. Bill was 
a poor .civilian in (you ask him) 
before he enlisted and Steve loafed 
around at Litchfield, Conn. They 
did previous snooping for their 
high school gazettes. 

We all know that our new staff 
will do its utmost to equal or bet- 
ter our previous standards. We 
extend to them our sincerest 


William Lawrence Berryman, Jr., 
the jovial and conscientious for- 
mer editor-in-chief, graduated from 
Portland High School, Portland, 
Maine, in 1941. He spent an ex- 
tremely full high school life, con- 
sisting of three years of varsity 
football (left end), two years var- 
sity baseball, a half-miler on the 
track team, editor of an All A- 
merican yearbook — one of the 
25 in the nation — plus the dis- 
tinction of being an honor stu- 
dent. Besides all. this, he had time 
to be a Jr. Ass't. Scoutmaster with 
the- coveted rank of Eagle Scout. 
As a result of this participation 
and effort he won a scholarship 
to the University of Syracuse in 
1941. From '41 to '43 his past vir- 
tually repeated itself. Choosing a 
major in physical education and 
history, he again achieved the hon- 
or roll, and in addition, two sea- 
sons of varsity football and skiing. 
In the latter sport he placed sixth 
in the Freshman Intercollegiate 
ski meet. For experience in his 
future profession, he taught Phy- 
sical Ed. three nights a week in a 
Syracuse Jr. High School. Bill be- 
came a member of the Kappa Sig-- 
ma Fraternity. Receiving two years 
college credit, he joined the Air 
Corps March 10th., 1943. 

"Do I like this place?" echoed 
Bill musingly. "I hope I meet as 
many swell fellows, have as many 
enjoyable times, and am as con- 
tent wherever I go in the Army 
as I have been here." His success 
in life so far, he reverently at- 
tributes to his parents; his success 
with TAKE OFF we attribute to 
his ability and untiring interest. 
His four-weeks' term has been 
marked by four good editions. He 
is a distinct loss to the 58th., but 
we smile with his infectious spirit 
and bid him the best always in 
whatever he undertakes. 

Second in command of TAKE 
OFF was the invaluable copy ed- 
itor, Dale Winston Brooks. Another 
Vermontian, he was born in New- 
port in 1919. Exactly eighteen years 
later Dale left Newport High with 
his sheepskin. During -his high 
school days he played left end on 
the varsity eleven for two seasons. 
Three years of baseball, track, 
and field, and skiing made up the 
balance of his sports record. In 
track and field he was a pole vaul- 
ter, broad jumper, and dash man; in 
Continued on Pugt 4 


Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

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2. There are how many B-19's 
in existence today? (1) (10) (100) 


3. In lateral stability what pro- 
duces the damping tendency? 

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5. Who was Commander of the 
.Flying Tigers? 

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6. What is meant by the ex- 
pression "On the beam"? 

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Continued on Page 4 

f Weekend Activities 

Continued jrom Page 1 
and Cesar Romero. "Tonight We 

: Raid Calais" with John Sutton and 
Tri-County Fair- 

This Saturday, Sept. 11th will 
mark the end of the colorful Tri- 
County .Fair in Northampton. Those 

' who love the atmosphere of a fair; 
horse- racing, crop exhibitions, pop- 
corn, milling crowds etc. will have 
ample satisfaction at the finale on 

' Saturday. 
U. S. O. 

The USO club house in Amherst 
remains open as usual, with its 
considerable choice of diversions. 
The USO headquarters at the 
YMCA building in Northampton 
offers a wide range of activities 
including swimming on both Sat- 
urday and Sunday and a well- 

\ equipped recreation room. 


t The American Legion Home in 

j. Amherst opposite the Drake Hotel 
extends its cordial invitation to 
drop in for refreshments, a chat 
or a quiet corner for letter writ- 

Mission To Texas 

Continued jrom Page 1 
consists of teaching the Cadets 
why they are fighting, and the 
principles for which they are fight- 

Lt. Miller had the privilege of 
meeting and confering with Major 
"Pop" Long, who had just heturned 
from a years service in Europe and 
Africa. The major, and other Fly- 
ing Officers back from combat 
zones in the South Pacific, inform- 
ed Lt. Miller that, while we turned 
out the best pilots in the world, 
self discipline is as equally impor- 
tant as the ability to handle a 
plane. Consequently we must train 
our cadets to be good soldiers, as 
well as good pilots. 

While down there the officers 
were subjected to drilling, physical 
training, and were given a P.F.R. 
They were given a course in small 
arms, and Lt. Miller was one of 
the very few who qualified with 
the .45 service automatic. He qual- 
ified as a marksman and came 
within two points of making the 
necessary score for the sharpshoot- 
er award. 

As a glimpse at the lighter side 
of the officers' course, Lt. Miller 
brought out an interesting incident 
which followed the bestowal of a 
promotion, of which there were a 
dozen or so during theirinstruction. 
The recipient was promptly cast in- 
to Randolph's spacious swimming 
pool fully clothed, as an added re- 
ward for his advancement. 

Upon the completion of their 
\ training, a graduation ceremony 
was held, and the gradutes were 
reviewed by high ranking Air 
Force officers. A gala graduation 
party was held at the Gunter Hotel 
in San Antonio, as a closing epi- 
sode to their training. While Lt. 
Miller did not elaborate, we sus- 
pect a good time was had by all 

Texas as a whole, did not im- 
press Lt. Miller too greatly, with, 
to use the Lieutenant's own words 
"all due respect to the Texans", 
He said that the temperature rare- 
ly goes below 100 degrees during 
the summer. Because of San 
Antonio's crowded condition, the 
Lt. voiced the opinion that, it was 
no place to spend ones' open post 
in, although it was the only avail- 
able recreation center. He stated 
that San Antonio, referred to as 
the Gateway to Mexico, has had a 
sudden influx of Mexicans who 
have brought much of their native 
color to the city. The Lt. brought 
out the fact that because of the 
numfeer of servicemen stationed 

Church Services 

Continued jrom Page 1 
St. Brigid's Catholic Church 
Masses on Sunday morning at 
7:00, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:00 A.M. 
Confessions, Saturday at 4:00 
P.M. and 7:30 P.M. 
Wesley Methodist Church, Main St. 
10:30 A.M. Sermon by the pas- 
tor, Rev. Harold H. Cramer. 
First Baptist Church, Pleasant St. 
10:45 A.M. Sermon: "What does 
Jesus mean to You". Rev. Mil- 
lar Thornton. 
Grace Episcopal Church, Boltwood 

Holy Communion at 8:00 A.M. 
Morning Prayer and Sermon at 

11:00 A.M. 
Rev. Jesse Trotter. 
On the Campus 

9:00 A.M. at Memorial Hall, the 
speaker is Rev. Harold H. Cramer. 

58th Adopts Mascot 

Continued jrom Page 1 
He is four years old. His whole 
life revolves around the life at 
the 58th. On one occasion he heard 
a bugle, early in the day. Out of 
bed he sprang and disappeared in 
the direction of the music, clad only 
in his pajamas. In true soldier 
fashion he has found the mess hall 
and quickly won the hearts of the 
attendants. He enjoys no end the 
ice icream "the girl with the yellow 
hair" gives him. 

Perhaps he inherits his love of 
the martial life from his uncle, 
1st Lt. Bristol Dubois, who is a 
member of an Anti-Aircraft di- 
vision, last heard of, as in San 

Don't be too surprised in the 
near future to see a small figure 
clad in khaki on the flank of the 
band. Gene hasn't been replaced, 
but some of the boys of the 58th 
have arranged for the purchase of 
a uniform for him. Already the 
tailor has taken his measurements. 
Gene has adopted us; now we 
adopt him as our official mascot. 

near San Antonio it has become 
necessary to stagger the open post 
days for various detachments 
quartered near the city. 

To the new men on the post Lt. 
Miller is probably a stranger, since 
two new squadrons have arrived 
while he was in Texas. He is a 
medium sized, well built man who 
may be distinguished by his mil- 
itary tranquility. He has that sense 
of humor that is likeable and 
well appreciated. He has already 
smiled his way into the hearts of 
the 58th C.T.D. personnel. 

rime On 
My Hands 

Time on my hands, now there 
was a good song, popular too, but 
it would never hang in a frame on 
an army barrack wall. 

We rise and shine to hear the 
quiet bellow of the most hated 
man on the street. "Everybody up, 
everybody up," and with much 
effort, I lift one weary eyelid and 
look around; hmm, dark isn't it. 
Jumping joyfully from my warm 
feathernest, I sneak a sly and 
furtive look in the general direction 
of the mirror. Egad, Frankenstein's 
monster had nothing on me. Look, 
someone used my face to do close 
order drill on, then wiped their 
feet on my tongue, for it has 
a dirty brown appearance. I scrim- 
mage my irritable way down the 
ogre-filled hall, to the lonely unused 
latrine; (unused — that's Latin for: 
"those in the second layer remove 
their shoes"). We prepare to wash 
or what you will. Dropping to the 
floor where the air is better, we 
crawl through the forest of hairy 
legs and make our way back hap- 
pily singing a jocular song or two. 
Oh goody, now I can clean up the 
room and show the boys what a 
splendid housekeeper I am. Sweep- 
ing the floor (minus corners) 
and shoving it quietly under one 
of my size 12 "patent leather shoes" 
I descend upon my feathernest and 
with the finesse of a garbage man, 
straighten my powder brown quilts. 
Pulling up my O.D. zoot suit I 
wend my way from this "manda- 
lay" and depart for formation. 

Continued jrom Page 1 

but we were soon reassured by 
A|S Reed's informing us that the 
girls' older brother promptly show- 
ed a strong affection for them. As 
for the older sister, she maintains 
a policy of "watchful waiting." 

The breadwinner of this §ham- 
rock-loving family said that he 
cannot express, with true feeling, 
his gratitude to the men of the 
58th C.T.D. for their hearty con- 
gratulations. In return, the men 
of 58 C.T.D. sincerely hope that 
prosperity and happiness will al- 
ways come to A|S and Mrs. Reed 
in two-fold measures. 


Math Blues 

Math, to the new student, appears to be a maze of sym- 
bols and signs, all meaning nothing. Take, for example, 
my first impression of the terms commonly used in the la- 
ter form of math, in which I was never well versed. Ex- 
ponents, wasn't that the opposite of opponents, the ^uys 
you played a dirty game of football against? Radicals, 
weren't they the ones who started revolutions in Spain, or 
was it South America? Roots, that was the stuff they put 
in bottles and sold at a fancy price and of course cured any- 
thing. Fractions, say now that's right up my alley, it's what 
happened to Dad the night he came home drunk and Ma 
threw him down the stairs ; the doc said he had a compound 
fraction of the skull. Logarithms, whats that got to do with 
math? Why, that's a formation of logs, possibly a fancy 
name for log cabins, or may be soijie kind of rythm used 
by the big swing bands.Meters and Centimeters, I'll bet 
they're bugs with plenty of legs; as for square centimeters 
that's something else, I never heard of a square bug. 
Cosines, I guess that means those official kind of notes 
that Commissioned Officers sign when you want an exten- 
sion on your fifteen day furlough. 

Upon completing this college training. Aviation Students 
will be more widely schooled, and have a better understand- 
ing of mathematics. 

A New Phrase 

We've long been used to such 
expressions as "dogface", "gold- 
brick", and "my a«hing back", but 
now the lads in the Army have 
come up with another strictly GI 
term — "snow jobbing". 

Snow jobbing is the art of the 
opportunist, the swift-talking 'slick- 
er, the fast-thinking S.S, soldier 
who is quick to resort to flattery. 
A smooth line with the opposite 
sex, for instance, is a definite ex- 
ample of the art. And if you find 
yourself handing out a loan of five 
or ten bucks after being told 
what a great guy you are, then 
soldier, you've been "snow jobbed". 
— New England "Minute Man" 


Continued from Page 3 

8. What is centrifugal force ? 

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9. What does the R.A.F. call 
the P40? 

Who manufactures the ma- 


jority of liquid cooled engines? 

11. What is the purpose of 
supercharger ? 

SqM C Wins Ribbons 

Last Saturday, the "old men" of 
Squadron "C" were honored at Re- 
view by having the blue and gold 
ribbons, representing the best all- 
round performance at the Retreat 
parades, tied to their guidon. 

Captain Congleton, in making 
the presentation, commented par- 
ticularly on the excellent dress 
maintained by the ranks of Squad- 
ron "C" as they passed the review- 
ing stand. Squadrons "A" and "B", 
in that order, were runners-up to 
"C" in the hotly-contested race. 

Incidentally, A|S Livesay has 
earned quite a few compliments on 
his excellent handling of the troops 
at our colorful Retreat parades. 

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12. What airplane equipped 
with Allison engine has a tricycle 
landing gear, (P 38) (P 40) (P 36) 
(P 39)? 

68 d 

Where Else? 

"Did any of you children ever 
see an elephant's skin?" 

"I have teacher," said Willie 

"Where was it?',' 

"On the elephant." 


Continued from Page 2 
skiing his events were downhill 
and slalom (skiing through flag- 
marked courses) racing. He was 
a member of the school publication 
staff and startled the theatrical 
world as lead in his senior class 

"After high school I spent two] 
varied and exciting years in a non- 
stop jump from one occupation 
to the next, including sports writer 
for the local paper, clerking in 
different stores, and at the same 
time I took two P.G. courses to 
keep a finger in the academic pie". 
The hard cruel world released its 
tenacious grip on him in 1940 
when he entered the hallowed walls 
of Norwich University, the military 
college of Vermont, where he took 
a Liberal Arts course, majoring 
in history. He was manager and 
ass't. trainer of the football team, 
held positions on the skiing team 
and golf squad, and occasionally 
assumed a position in horse back 
tactics, (no pun). He spent his sum- 
mer months further perfecting his 
golf game and last summer filled 
the vacancy at the Newport Club as 
pro.. On June 12, '42 he passed the 
Air Corps exams at Burlington, 
Vermont, and was enlisted with 
reserve status. The following au- 
tumn he turned his misty eyes a- 
way from venerable Norwich and 
proceeded westward to Ohio State 
University. This transfer was made 
to include the study of internation- 
al relations and law. He was well 
along in the second semester's stu- 
dies and about to enter law school 
when Uncle Sam pointed his finger. 
He left for the Air Corps on May 
eighth, and after basic training, 
arrived at 58th on May 23. 

Dale was married to Francis Fair- 
weather qf Boston in February of 
last year. This is a unique story 
in itself. Suffice it to say here, the 
wedding ceremony took place at the 
famous "Little Church Around the 
Corner", New York City. 

Humorous, easy-mannered Dale, 
with his worthy advice and the ex- 
ample of the excellent fulfillment 
of his duties, will not soon be for- 
gotten by the present staff. Indeed, 
he will not easily be forgotten by 
all those who have had the pleasure 
of meeting him. 


The Best Boys of All 

Continued from Page 1 
dience found that the time went 
well. For the boys were- mirth- 
ful and jolly, and received friendly 
smiles and greetings. 

To The Three 

by Florence, Thelma, ^Gladys 

The time is drawing near. 
When we, must say farewell. 

And we want you all to hear 
Just what we have to tell. 

Dear "Tom", we'll miss your south- 
ern talk 
And your ever smiling face, 
The stride you took, when you 
would walk. 
You'd always set the pace. 

Dear "Sully", you're the card of 
them all 
Tho always out of tune — 
You'd tilt your head, your voice 
would fall 
Like a dog baying at the moon. 

Dear Tom, you're card of the 
With your jokes, your jive, your 
And your favorite saying, "Oh my 
We'll remember, even after — 

And now we say to each of you. 
This is a happy ending, 

Good-Bye, Good Luck, God Bless 
you too — 
Our love to you we're sending. 

Plan For Continued 
Expansion Of ASTP 

Continued expansion of the Ar- 
my Specialized Training Program 
is planned by the War Depart- 
ment which has invited 19 more 
colleges and universities to parti- 
cipate in the program, bringing the 
total number of institutions in 
ASTP to 209. More than 100,000 
soldiers are now in training. The 
original goal is 150,000 in train- 
ing at one time. 

It is pointed out that ASTP sal- 
diers will not be oblidged to serve 
in the Army any longer than is 
required of any soldier. 

New England "Minute Man" 

The very town, with its many ma- 
jestic edifices of learning, seemed 
to resound with a hearty "Hello" 
to the servicemen. 

'Tis not 'often that one finds 
at this type of dance such a plen- 
tiful supply of charming girls, but 
believe it or no, there were e- 
nough for every lucky. Aviation 
Student, and then some; and there 
was not only quantity, but also 
well-wrought quality! 






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Yes, they will always remember 
the days at the 58th; when they 
laughed, sang and learned, in this 
New England paragon of green 
grass, real old fashioned buildings, 
clean, seemingly friendly sidewalks 
and ringing metallic bells echoing, 
throughout their never-to-be for- 

When Squadron C departed on 
Saturday last for classification man- 
y wondering and openmouthed fa- 
ces were to be seen peering from 
the trucks which were to carry 
them one step nearer their goal. 

'Tis said that no canvas absorbs 
color, as does memory; this they 
will know, when they hear and 
feel the clickety clack of their 
train, racing along the tracks, and 
when they look out of the win- 
dows at dusk, at the stars at night; 
for these few hours they will rem- 
inisce. Their arrival; the Captain's 
profound reasuring gestures; that 
first Sunday meal; the grateful 
and is-this-a dream, expression; 
the first time they pulled guard 
duty, when they walked the Abbey 
boundary and watched the sun set- 
ting into its latent, mysterious nest 
in the foothills of the Berkshires 
and uncovered in their minds ev- 
ery detail of their life; the first 
retreat, when they were so intent 
and filled with a fledging's pa- 
triotism at the sound of the drums; 
and then that feeling of awe they 
got on their first flight. These are 
now everlasting memories. Prob- 
ably now they think of returning 
someday to that college life when 
Continued on Page 3 

Armyy Navy Sing 

The U. S. O. has arranged for an 
Army-Navy sing this coming Sun- 
day night to initiate the use of 
its new club rooms on the ground 
floor of the First Congregational 
Church. The Center will be open 
■from six to nine that evening in 
the hope that all U.S.O. guests 
will become acquainted with the 
new quarters and make its first 
open house a gala occasion. Mr. 
Continued on Page 4 

U.S.O. Show 
Due Tuesday 

Extra! — U. S. O. Show is be- 
ing held Tuesday at 2000 in Stock- 
bridge Hall, September 21, 1943. 
It is the tabloid unit of the Blue 
Circuit which as the immortal sand- 
man spreads his stuff", spreads 
gi-ains of entertainment through- 
out the camps in the U. S. 

There is usually present, a mas- 
ter of ceremonies to provide the 
spontaneous type of humor for 
the' boys and plant the seeds of 
cheer in our midst. Remember the 
shows you went to as a shaver; 
the magician who fascinated you? 
Well this same type of entertain- 
er will be there again to hold your 
attentions, while you watch with 
bated breath. In the past shows, 
which according to all reports have 
been really good, there have been 
girl singers and dancers to en- 
gage our best 20|20 eyesight, in 
anything but night flying. 

These shows have been arranged 
by special talent, who have time 
schedules to follow, so keep in 
mind these things and show them 
that appreciative spirit when you 
send out that rousing cheer. 

Visiting C.O's Review 58th 


A new contingent of men ar- 
rived at the 58th today to take its 
place in the cycle of college train- 
ing existing throughout the U- 
nited States. Although we have 
not had time to observe them ex- 
tensively, their promptness and 
neatness of appearance is already 
evident. The officers, men, and civ- 
ilian staff extend their hearty sal- 
utations for a happy and benefi- 
cil period of training. 

A word of advice to you, our 
newest "58-ers": — You are now 
classified as Aviation Students and 
you will receive from your stud- 
ies and activities everything you 
put into them. The two week quar- 
intine eternity will pass swiftly. 
During this time we suggest you 
patiently abide and adapt your- 
self to the new conditions. 

The Squadron 


This week we will take up the 
duties and responsibilities of the 
squadron commander. 

If this does not apply to you, 
do not stop reading as this man 
deserves the respect you can show, 
by knowing the part he plays in 
bringing the ribbons to your squad- 

"Let's win this parade" booms 
the squadron commander, and 150 
eager Aviation Students set out 
with a determination second to none 
to bring those blue and gold rib- 
bons back to the squadron guidon 
once again. 

But how many of you men really 
know how to win a parade? What 
the Tactical Officers are looking 
for when we judge your best ef- 
forts, and why ? 

In appreciation for the effort 
Continued on Page 4 

Weekend Activities 


Amherst Theater. 

Saturday "Above Suspicion" 

Starring Joan Crawford and Fred 


Sunday "Swing Shift Mazie" 

vidth Ann Sothern and James 


U. S. 0. 

The U. S. 0. headquarters in Am- 
herst at the Parish House of the 
Grace Episcopal Church is open 
as usual. Dancing and a good 
selections of records are on board 
for Saturday and Sunday. 

American Legion 

The American Legion house op- 
posite the Drake Hotel offers 
again its hospitality. 

NOTICE: WAVES Sponsor Dance 
This Saturday evening begin- 
ning at 8:00 or 8:30, the WAVES 
take posession of the U. S. O. 
ballroom in the Y.M.C.A. building 
Continued on Page 3 

Praise Mass 
Turns, Alertness 

Last Wednesdty, September 15, 
1943, our formal retreat parade 
had among its spectators five com- 
manding officers of other college 
Training Detachments stationed in 
New England. They were Captain 
Lester B. Badger, Springfield Col- 
lege, Capt. E. T. Patterson, Colby 
College, Capt. Robert L. Headley, 
Norwich University, Capt. Alan 
P. Ernst, the University of Ver- 
mont, and Lt. Girard, of St. An- 

Our distinguished visitors were 
vividly impressed by the manner 
and precision with which our Re- 
treat was carried out. Special 
praise was given to the execution 
of the mass turns and the punctil- 
ious response to "eyes right". 

Captain Congleton accompanied 
our eminent visitors in inspecting 
the formation from the elevated 
press box at the west side of the 

Following the band. Squadron B, 
displaying the blue and gold 
streamers, for all round excellence 
from its guidon, led the massed 
squadrons past the reviewing of- 
ficer, Lt. Kelly. 

The band as usual was accom- 
panied by Gene, the official mas- 
cot of the 58th. Gene's presence 
was the source of amused interest 
to our visitors. 

Goodell Library 

It has been brought to our at- 
tention that a few of the men are 
not aware that the Goodell Li- 
brary is tfpen to the members of 
the 58th for book circulation as 
well as for study. Although re- 
garded mainly as a reference libra- 
ry for scientific and academic stud- 
ies, it has a fine selection of fic- 
tion books. This is section 821 di- 
rectly opposite the main entrance. 
The periodical file contains more 
Continued on Psgf 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 

Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry De Marco 

News Editor Roger O'Connor 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Photographers Features 

Walter T. Fay Richard Kaufman John R. Hefferman 
Michael Hill ■ George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood 

Art Circulation Man. Secretaries 

James Kakides Edwiard Dunn Albert Ekstrom 

Albert K. Harring Stephen B. Curtis 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 


You have a special reason for being where you are in 
the present world emergency. Adventure, gold bars, silver 
wings, and even the love of battle might be given as your 
special motive. 

I, like the rest, have my one reason; my own special mo- 
tive. It is of the simple sort and easily understood. My rea- 
son is to help regain a state of living, a network of treas- 
ured memories. 

It had never entered my most exaggerated thoughts that 
I might lose this way of life for even a short time; then 
came December 7, 1941. The treachery of this date estab- 
lished the fact that I must go to war, and it fixed a new 
goal on which to set my life's course. This objective has 
always been a journey's end for the war-racked soldier and 
a refuge for the seekers of peace. My goal is to be able to 
go back to life, as I lived it, before the war. 

I want to see again the happy smile of women on market 
day and not the worried frown of mothers reading heart 
rending headlines. I want to see the rugged brown bodies 
of men again cluttering beaches and gyms. I want to hear 
again the sparkling conversation of the young and the wise 
proverbs of the old. I want to hear again foreign radio con- 
certs and lectures and not the wild wail of a mad dictator. 

I want to smell ginger cookies instead of gun powder, 
lavendar bath soap instead of disinfectant, and musky grape 
arbors instead of feet pounded drill fields. 

I want to he'ar the swish of my brother's snow shovel, 
the musical note of my den's banjo clock, the scratch of 
my sister's pen and the click, click, click of my mother's 
knitting needles. 

I want to feel soft quilts against my body, the rough fur 
of my dog; the smooth leather of old books, and the worn 
back of my grandfather's favorite chair. Continued on Page 3 

The Persistent 

Sergeants! The Army is made up 
of various and sundry types. The 
58th C.T.D. has still another kind, 
slightly different from the usual 
run. He is a Scotsman by name 
of Mac Tavish. 

A stiffer disciplinarian, or one 
who can bark commands louder 
has not been seen in these parts. 
Every day during the P.T. drill 
period, one can find him out on the 
field sounding off at the top of his 
lungs, or running about keeping 
the flights constantly on the jump. 

So strict is he on straight lines, 
that he oftep walks between two 
squads of a marching flight and 
challenges anyone to so much as 
touch him. "Mac", as the boys call 
him behind his back, is a strong ad- 
vocate of a brisk forward march, 
and he will do his best to trip a 
man who isn't on the ball. 

A|S Mac Tavish's pet peeve is 
double timing. He requires that a 
flight keep a 180 step cadence, no 
more, no less. A quickening or 
slackening -of this pace will cause 
our friend to bark forth his loud- 
est and most threatening tones at 
the poor guide or the entire first 
file of flight. 

Continued on Page 4 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. A bombardier is also known 
as a; 1 (batter and egg man) 2 
(bomb-bay messenger) 3 (salvo 

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2. Where would you find the 
"dust bin" in an airplane? 

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,.uiq ^snp„ gqx 'IW s,ii jgpun 

3. Does a fixed-pitch propeller 
have any adjustment of the angle 
of pitch of the blades. 


4. Can controlable pitch pro- 
pellers be adjusted during flight? 


5. What is one common type 
of force or stress affecting air- 
plane parts ? 


6. Does it take more or less 
power to fly at high altitudes than 
at low altitudes? 

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9DUB^sis9a SS91 aqi 'XIV am ja^qSij 
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Howard, Leo, Andy, and John 
Kelly. Four of a kind. It's often 
been said that birds of a feather 
flock together. On the contrary, 
the four Kelly's of the 58th C.T.D. 
are flocking together for the first 
time, as they all hail from differ- 
ent parts of the country. 

All of the four are now located in 
Squadron E, while a fifth. Lieuten- 
ant Edmund J. Kelly is adviser of 
the Take Off and one of the com- 
missioned staff of the post. 

AIS Howard G. Kelly, cadet ad- 
jutant commander of Squadron E., 
the "Beau Brummel" of the same 
outfit, is easily distinguished by hia 
brisk and lively military tread. Al- 
though a hard soldier and often 
referred to as "Gig Kelly;" out of 
formation, he is a real fellow and 
can often be heard in chow line 
or his room laughing at a clever 
piece of wit or an especially amus- 
ing joke. 

Before entering the Air Corps, 
Howard spent nine months at West- 
over Field in the Finance Depart- 
ment. Here, he kept his eyes open 
and absorbed all the aeronautical 
knowledge that could be obtained 
His main desire is to be a bomber 
pilot and he should make good his 

A|S Leo M. Kelly, hails from 
Boston, Massachusetts. Circum- 
stances beyond his control have 
dubbed him the "Tour Boy." To 
this he has much to say, most of 
which is unprintable. However, this 
Kelly is the happy-go-lucky type 
that soon forgets momentary wor- 
ries, even though one of them is 
another Kelly. The connection be- 
tween gigs and tours is self ex- 

Receiving his basic training in 
Greensboro, North Carolina, Leo 
was pretty thankful to get back in 
"Yankee" territory so soon. When 
interviewed, he stated, ''I've had 
more trouble with Kelleys around 
here than ever before," Leo hopea 
eventually to become a bomber 

A|S Anderson "Andy" Kelly, 
formerly of Springfield, Massachu- 
setts, is known to some as "play- 
boy," but to his close fwends, the 
nickname "Chow" seemed more 
appropriate. The reason for this 
being Andy's extreme hunger and 
ample appetite at every meal' and 
the reported five-tray meal he ate 
in basic. 

Con/i»».ed on. Page 4 


Sir Galahad 

What guard was it that chal- 
lenged a fair lady in such a plea- 
sant way that she really wanted to 
see him again ? This is the problem 
that one frustrated CQ was con- 
fronted with. 

When the CQ heard the phone 
ring for the twenty-ninth time that 
day, he groaned and decided he 
would have to run up to the fourth 
floor once more to look for one 
more man who wasn't there; much 
was his surprise when he heard a 
pleasant feminine voice ask for 
"the red-headed fellow who was on 
guard duty last night." Unfortu- 
nately, the CQ has been unable to 
locate the handsome red-head. 

We think perhaps the reason is 
that our man doesn't really have 
red hair. It was quite dark at the 
time and it could be that this 
smooth talker had a "line" which 
included red hair. One wonders why 
the guard didn't invite the corpor- 
al of the guard to the party. His 
ninth general order seems to cover 
the situation, but the guard must 
have felt he didn't need any in- 
structions in this case. However, 
we don't question the fact that 
he acted in accordance with general 
order number eleven. 

We'd like very much to see 
this "red-haired" fellow, but the 
least he could do would call up his 
hypnotized "charmee" and ease 
the conscience of a worrying CQ. 

Why I Joined The Air Corps 

Continued from Page 2 
I want to throw a football until 
my arm aches, to ride a .spotted 
pinto through rainbow painted 
woods, to rise with the swell of 
an ocean wave, and feel the spray 
from a tumbling cascade. 

An then there's a girl ... and 
some foolish dreams. 

Do these reasons seem absurd, 

foolish, and petty ? Do you not have 

I certain little treasured things that 

I you think make up just what we 

are fighting for . . . the American 

way of life? 

I realized that to reach my goal 
I must fight all the way. I enlisted 
in the branch where I felt I cauld 
i help the most to win back for my- 
self and my country the things 
we want. I long not for fame or 
fortune, but just for things as they 
were before civilization was at- 
i" tacked. These are my goal, my cause 
' and my beacon of light. May God 
i grant that I see them fulfilled. 


As a "jeep" making an entrance 
into a new phase of training in 
Army Air Corps, fear and appre- 
hension permeated my thoughts as 
I bumped along in the rear of an 
Army bus through the husih of Am- 
herst streets. Immediately upon 
reaching my journey's end, bar- 
racks were assigned us and we 
were all cordially greeted by Cap- 
tain Congleton, Commanding Of- 
ficer. His jovial and congenial dis- 
position did much to allay the 
confusion that I was experiencing 
that weary night and which was 
slowly but surely to disappear dur- 
ing the next few days. 

The next morning in delightful 
surprise I arose to find that my 
new home was situated in the midst 
of scenery ' attractively arranged 
by the hand of Nature: smoothly 
rolling hills rising prominently on 
the horizon in matutinal haze, dew- 
dipped grass sparkling under the 
youthful sun, giant trees sheepish- 
ly beckoning to each other as a 
calm breeze combed gently through 
their verdant tresses. "No mis- 
take", thought I dreamily, "this 
is M.S.C campus rolled out in front 
of me in all its ethereal splendor! 

The next few days found me 
tossed gingerly about in a sea of 
impressions. The upperclassmen 
were not haughty as I expected 
them to be, but extremely cour- 
teous, hospitable, and sociable, 
cheerfully willing to show the new- 
comers "the ropes". They treated 
us as guests and not as intruders. 
Furthermore, discipline meant to 
them not an obnoxious rule by 
which they must discontentedly a- 
bide, but a rule to which .they joy- 
fully subjugated themselves and 
which made them outstanding in 
all their ventures. Consequently to 
us they became shining parades of 
military courtesy and discipline. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 1 
in Northamipton, and cordially, 
or better still, urge the soldiers 
of the 58th to be their guests. 
The music will be provided by a 
Special orchestra and an eve- 
ning of carefree, rhythmic en- 
joyment is highly anticipated. 

Calvin Theater 

Friday through Monday, "Above 
Suspicion" plus Laurel and Har- 
dy in "Jitterbugs" 

Academy of Music Theatre 
Abbot and Costello in "Hit the 
Ice" and "All By Myself" with 
Neil Hamilton. 

Infirmary Boasts Competent 

Staff Of Doctors And Nurses 

To a soldier, confinement to an 
infirmary means segregation from 
all fellow companions with whom 
he has funned and pranked, worked 
and drilled, argued and reasoned. 
It means living a hollow life void 
of all cares, worries and respon- 
sibilities. However enjoyable and 
restful the situation may be, he 
feels that he is the missing link in 
that ever-turning chain of military 
progress, and thus this short, bliss- 
ful time spent in the infirmary is 
converted into a lengthy, woeful 
mental burden that monopolizes 
all his thoughts. At times he finds 
it difficult to restrain himself from 
fleeing this seeming prison that 
fetters his liberty. 

However, to offset the forlorn 
attitude of the patient, medical 
purposes predominating of course 
M.S.C. boasts a staff of doctors, 
nurses, and attendants that is well 
versed in the needs and medical 
care for those who are physically 
impaired. Doctor Lome McLean, 
the head of the staff, is the watch- 
ful guardian of your physical well- 
being. You may some day refer 
to him as "the guy who brought 
me through." Then there's Staff 
Sergeant Isham Britt, the proud 
possessor of a deep, rich, baratone 
voice, through whose fingers all 
medical reports pass. Now comes 
Corporal Nash, a boyish twinkle 
in his eyes and a wink that betells 
of mysterious adventures. He is 


Continued from Page 1 

this war is over; then in their 
minds they say to themselves some- 
what sternly, Yes, a war full of 
never-ending departures and fare- 
wells at some tear filled and heart 
wrung railway station. 

They visualize their return; the 
"good morning" uttered by the 
professors, the professors who, 
they were surprised to find, could 
teach their previously foggy minds 
to think; the smell of text books; 
the college store, with all its col- 
legiate banners; the walks across 
the campus on a windy day; — all 
these things they hope, those fel- 
lows departing. Just now they are 
probably in a state of never-end- 
ing oscillation between hope and 
despair, but the thought of those 
days at the 58th, strain out these 
despairing thoughts. For these boys 
know in their hearts that they will 
return again. 

inflicted with a contagious devil- 
may-care attitude that shines re- 
splendently in his bright smiling 
eyes. He draws you to him as a 
magnet to iron filaments. Seeping 
with this magnetic personality. Cor- 
poral Nash becomes the live wire 
of the medical staff and a man to 
have recourse to in times of lone- 

The nurses staff is composed of 
head nurse Miss Mary Philbin, 
ably assisted by nurses Miss Elsie 
Goodyear, Mrs. Florence Sanctuary, 
Miss Doris Morin, Mrs. Helen No- 
dine, and the night nurse, Mrs. 
Florence Bates. Directly respon- 
sible for the splendid preparation 
of the food are our talented culin- 
ary staff of the Mesdames Marion 
Martin, May Kempton, Grace Scar- 
borough, and Eva Kempkiss. Great 
praise is due them all for the splen- 
did work they perform in caring for 
the infirmary patients. 

Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church. 
Sunday Masses: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 

and 11:00 A.M. 
Confessions Saturday at 4 — 6 P. 
M. and 7:30—9:00 P.M. 
First Congregational Church, Main 
10:45 A.M. Sermon "Why Don't 
We Have A Better World" Rev. 
Roy Pearson. 
Grace Episcopal Church, Boltwood 
8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 11:00 
A.M. Morning Prayer and Ser- 
mon Rev. Jesse M. Trotter, 
Unity Unitarian Church, No. Plea- 
sant St. 
Services at 10:30 A.M. 
Wesley Methodist Church, Main St. 
10:30 A.M. Sermon "Freedom of 

Rev. Harold Cramer. 
First Baptist Church, Pleasant St. 
10:45 A.M. Sermon "Christians 

Are Different" 
Rev. Millar Thornton 
Jewish Services 

2:00 P.M. Sunday at 389 N. Plea- 
sant St. 

On the Campus 

Services are held at Memorial 
Hall Sunday morning at 9 
o'clock under the direction of 
the College Chaplain Rev. Eas- 


Hilarity HaU 

As our weekly Saturday night 
excursion moved its way placidly 
down Northampton's main thor- 
oughfare, we became aware of an 
often used expression, White Ea- 

Now what was this White Eagle 
and where did they keep it? Our 
curiosity mounted. Asking the smil- 
ing cop on the beat, he informed 
us that it was a Polish ballroom, 
located across from the railroad 
station on Strong Avenue and sug- 

The Kell(e)y's 

Continued from Page 2 

Fresh out of Classical High 
School in Springfield, where he 
took part in football, basketball, 
swimming, and track, Andy came 
to Mass. State after a month's 
basic at B.T.C. No. 10. 

He says that only one thing both- 
ers him here: "I get nervous pros- 
tration at every mail call, even 
though there's nothing ever for 
me." Andy hopes to be a pursuit 
pilot and get a crack at those 

A|S John W. Kelley (with an 
"E") has recently acquired a new 
title since the dentist at West- 
over got through pulling four teeth, 
all in front. His buddies call him 
"Tooth," mainly because he has 
so few left. 

John is the proud father of an 
eleven months old son, John Wil- 
liam, Jr. It is easy to tell he is 
proud of the baby as he puffs up 
and braggs, "The kid is very rug- 
ged," and then promptly whips 
out his wallet and displays two or 
three pictures of little John, point- 
ing out the broad shoulders and 
bulging muscles. If the riile "Like 
father, like son," applies, the son 
will top six feet with ease, as does 
his dad. 

John comes from Brockton, Mass- 
achusetts, and was the first Brock- 
ton fireman to join the service, 
enlisting after obtaining a military 
leave from the Fire Department. 
He played semi-pro football and 
basketball before entering the Air 

This Kelley wishes to be a nav- 
igator, and for the present has 
this comment to make. "With my 
new smile they won't get me mixed 
up with the other Kellys. They're 
always getting into trouble." 

Thus you have the "The Kellys", 
and there remains but one word of 
warning. Don't ever yell, "Has any- 
body here seen Kelly?"- 

gested we try it as a medium' for 
an evening's entertainment. We 
located it without difficulty, and 
after paying a half-price service- 
men's admission, we started to 
ascend the stairway leading to 
the ballroom. About halfway up 
the stairway we were startled by 
wild throaty yelling and shouting. 
Not knowing what we were get- 
ting into, we slowly ascended the 
stairs 'and peeked cautiously a- 
round the corner into the ballroom. 
There milling around the floor 
were many smiling youths, bound- 
ing more than dancing all over 
the floor. Asking a young lady (it 
would be a lady, of course) what 
the celebration was, we were in 
formed that it was just the week 
ly dance, that particular step be- 
ing the Polish polka. 

We stood and critically watched 
for a dance or two, until we were 
invited to join in the jollity. After 
explaining that we were new a- 
round there and didn't quite fol- 
low the step, we were enticed 
onto the floor and given our first 
lesson. Our prejudice dissolved as 
our ability increased, and, after 
a few practice dances, we found 
we were almost as good as the 
"old timers" at the Polish polka. 
Coupled with the art of dancing 
,the polka is a required mastery of 
rhythmic yelling that nearly al- 
ways punctuates the jubilant dem- 

Dancing Polish Polkas and wal- 
tzes, dreaming through more fam- 
iliar popular ballads, and jiving 
to the modern swing, we too soon 
found our hour of departure at 
hand. Reluctantly we bid farewell 
to our gracious hosts who had 
"adopted" us into their realm for 
the evening. 

We highly reccommend that, for 
an evening of unique dancing, 
and a general good time, the Po- 
lish polka is hard to beat. 
» « » 

Goodell Library 

Continued from Page 1 
than 631 current maagzines, both 
scientific and popular, and is now 
located in the 2nd floor reading 
room. An excellent staff is avail- 
able to give information and assis- 
tance concerning the various pub- 
lications. Recently the system of 
study halls in the Library has been 
inaugurated, but to those who 
would care to spend more time, 
the Library will be open during 
the open post period. Our time 

Squadron Commander 

Continued from Page 1 

you have put into your parades 
in the past,' I think it only fair 
that you know what we are look- 
ing for. At whom we are looking 
and why. 

We'll start with your squadron 
commander. Is he in step with the 
music? Does he carry that saber 
with a straight right arm or is 
it bent as though he were about 
to dig his hands into his pocket? 
Is he just 12 paces behind the 
squadron proceeding him or does 
he consider that distance unimpor- 
tant? I assure you it is not, too 
much space between two squadrons 
makes the review appear discon- 
nected. Does he turn about and 
face his squadron on a left turn 
so as to give the command forward 
march at the exact instant the 
rear rank comes up on line? If he 
does not, his squadron either stret- 
ches out like an accordion or he 
loses his distance between his and 
the preceding squadron. Does he 
give his command eyes right at 
the proper time, which is 6 paces 
before the reviewing stand, and 
coordinate it with the presenta- 
tion of his saber, which should 
be with a real snap. 

If the answer to all these ques- 
tions are yes, you have a squadron 
commnder who is really deserving 
of every bit of concentration and 
effort you can possibly muster. Get 
behind him 100% and you can't 
lose. Lt. Miller 

# « * 

Army-Navy Sing 

Continued from Page 1 
Doric Alviani will direct the sing- 
ing, and refreshments will be ser- 
ved by Junior and Senior hostesses. 
The newly opened rooms will not 
take the place of the present quar- 
ters. One room is well equipped 
for reading and writing In compar- 
ative quiet, and another has ad- 
ditional game facilities. Both of the 
centers will be open every evening 
during our Open Post period; on 
Saturdays and Sundays they will 
open their doors at 1330. 


Instead of spending a dull and 
uneventful night dancing or per- 
haps absorbing a soda or two, I 
spent a captivating night in the 
Goodell Library brousing around 
("brousing", Latin for — where 
can I find a copy of Superman). 
Taken by the splendor and excel- 
lence of the place, I selected a 
sleepy chair, crossed my legs and 
eyes and began to think. I'm be- 
ginning to realize that I'm not 
a dummy after all; did you know 
there are three kinds of poetry, 
lyric, dramatic and epidemic. 

Poetry is when every line be- 
gins with a capital letter and that 
Shakespeare wrote tragedies, com- 
edies and errors. His three trage- 
dies were Macbeth, Hamlet and 
Twelve Nights in a Barroom. Mil- 
ton wrote a good book, "Paradise 
Lost;" and perhaps wrote, "Para^ 
dise Regained" after his wife died. 
Yes, one night in such a place, 
can do wonders, take me, for in- 
stance r I know that Henry Wads- 
worth Longfellow was born in 
Portland, Maine, while his parents 
were traveling the continent. He 
made many fast friends; among 
the fastest were Alice and Phoebe 

is limited; however an hour's re- 
laxation and quiet reading for en- 
joyment or reference in the eve- 
ning will be well spent. The build- 
ing itself is of undeniable beauty 
and design. The panelled interior 
and comfortable furnishings are 
more than conducive to a period 
of reading and concentration. It 
is interesting to note that this Li- 
brary contains one of the best col- 
lections in Agriculture and related 
for voluntary use of the facilities sciences in the country. 


Persistent Scotsman 

Continued from Page 2 

Besides his mania for perfection 
on the drill field, many of the 
sections have to cope with his su- 
pervision during the change of clas- 
ses. It is not enough for him to 
bull-dose the men on the field, he 
also feels it his duty to keep them 
orderly at other times and if, while 
they are changing classes, the men 
sing too loudly, Sgt. Mac Tavish 
starts in on them with his bully- 
ing bark. 

Despite ail of these unpleasant 
traits, the boys all have an under- 
lying affection for "Mac" and put 
up with his ravings fairly well. 
For you see. Sergeant Mac Tavish 
is a small, black haired Scotch 
Terrier who is always found about 
the formations and drills of the 
58th C.T.D. and who does all the 
things aforementioned , in his own 
"dogged" way. 

In fact "Mac" even accompanies 
the men to their classes and will 
often be ^ound curled around some- 
ones legs during a Math, class or 
an English lecture, fast asleep. 
That's when he is the real envy of 
the men who have to stay awake, 
but it is really small reward for the 
strenuous day Sergeant IVIacTavish 








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Continuation Of 
"The Squadron Commander" 

This week we will discuss the 
guidon bearer, and men of the first 

Perhaps you thought the guidon 
bearer is only there to identify 
your squadron? But he must do 
it properly. He must maintaiiT that 
1-3 pace distance behind his squa- 
dron commander at all times ex- 
cept when he is facing his squa- 
dron on a turn. 

He must carry that staff at a 
perfect right angle to the ground 
and not leaning back at a 75 degree 
angle which makes it look as 
though it is too much of a job for 
him. When passing in review there 
is nothing so impressive as that 
guidon coming out with a snap, at 
the same instant your squadron 
commander's saber cuts the air on 
it's downward path. 

Next we will take the first rank 
consisting of the flight lieutenants 
and guide sergeants. 

Did you ever stop to think of 
the responsibility of the right 
guide? Does your right guide re- 
alize his responsibility ? 

First he must see that his squa- 
dron is in perfect line with the 
squadron in front, a simple matter 
^of covering down in file, only with 
an 18 pace distance between him- 
self and the next man in front of 
him. When there is no squadron 
preceeding you, his job is more 
difficult as he must be able to 
walk a perfectly straight line, at 
a perfect right angle to the turn 
just made. And that is not as 
simple as you might think because 
of the fact that he is not the pivot 
man. Two perfect 45 degree angles 
is his job. Also, he must maintain 
that 6 pace interval behind his 
squadron commander. 

In ranks he has no distance or 
interval to worry about, the entire 
squadron must dress on him, but 
if he is not in the proper place at 
the proper time the whole squadron 
must suffer the penalty. As far as 
Continued on Page 4 

Another Successful U.S.O. 
Show Hits 58th C.T.D. 

Detachment Welcomes 

Young Notables 

Last Tuesday, September 21, the 
blue Circuit of the U.S.O. camp 
shows, paid a welcome visit to our 
campus. Led by Chick Darrow, 
hilarious master of ceremonies, the 
travelling troupe made a great hit 
with our assembled unit. 

Lovely Anne Dennis started the 
show with some truly great rendi- 
tions of popular ballads and semi- 
classic folk songs. Her talent as 
well as her beauty was greatly 

Vivacious Vivian Moore danced 
our students right to the edge of 
their seats. 

Roy Picard, with a record of 
twenty years in vaudeville, rolled 
them in the aisles with his outrag- 
eous comical antics. His selections 
on the xylophone were master- 
pieces of perfection. He combined 
his great musical talent with his 
equally great funny-man person- 
ality. He would have been per- 
forming for hours, except for his 
cleverly displayed "Union Card." 

Blonde and gorgeous Sally Good- 
win, the songbird of the troupe, 
held the detachment spell-bound as 
she sang the popular melodies of 
the day. Her own composition, 
"Double Feature, Standing Room 
Only Blues" was really given a 
tremendous response. Miss Good- 
win's version of "Sunday, Monday, 
Continued on Page 3 

Unintended Omission 

In last weeks issue of the Take 
Off through some mix up in copy 
types, -the name of P.F.C. Bernard 
Link was omitted from the article 
about the Infirmary. Bernard 
handles most of the administrative 
work, besides assisting Doc. Mc- 
Lean. He is a vital cog in the 
Medical Department of the 58th. 
Our apologies, Bernard. 

Air Show 

Inaugurating something new in 
air shows around this area, a gi- 
gantic exhibition will be held to- 
morrow afternoon from one until 
five p.m. at LaFleur Airport, near 

The 58th CTD's part in the show 
will constitute the staging of a 
parade and also a special exhibi- 
tion of close order drill. The parti- 
cipants in the drill were chosen 
during the past week as the best 
performers of the various squa- 
drons. They, will put on a separate 
demonstration of trick drills, in- 
cluding many fancy and colorful 

Starting at one p.m., the show 
will consist of many acrobatical 
maneuvers by seasoned ArmyPilots 
in the most modern planes. 

Most of the detachment's avia- 
tion students will march in the 
parade. The entire exhibition will 
be open to the public with no ad,- 
mission charged. 

The purpose of the show, besides 
entertaining the audience and giv- 
ing them an insight on their Air 
Corps, will be to secure recruits for 
Continued on Page A 

Catholic Mission 

All Aviation Students of the 
Catholic faith are invited .to a 
special mission exercise for ser- 
vicemen to be held at St. Brigid's 
Church at 1330 this afternoon. The 
special service, held in conjunction 
with mission exercises taking place 
at the church during the past two 
weeks, will be conducted by Rev- 
erend Leo Dore, S. J.. Today's 
service, designed especially to meet 
the needs of servicemen, was ar- 
rangd by the pastor of St. Brigid's, 
Reverend J. Alfred Lane. 

Major King Visits 

Major Starr King, coordinjitor of 
academic programs for the Eastern 
Flying Training Command, visited ' 
the 58th CTD's last Thursday, Sep- 
tember 23, 1943. 

It was not Major King's first 
association with the campus for 
the Major is one of Mass. State's 
outstanding alumni. Major King 
attended Mass. State after grad- 
uating from Adams High School in 
Adams, Mass. He interrupted his 
brilliant college career to join the 
Army in the first World War in 
October 1917. He served until Jan. 
1919, coming up through the ranks 
to 2nd. Lt. 

He returned to Mass. State the 
following semester to become the 
most outstanding personality in 
his class. He played tackle on the 
varsity football team under Prof. 
Gore and received the Allen Leon 
Pond medal as the outstanding 
athlete of the class of 1921. 

Besides his excellence in ath- 
letics, Major King was a member 
of the Honor Council, a member of 
the Senior Honor Society "Adel- 
phia", and was chosen president of 
the graduating class. He has since 
been elected permanent president 
of the Class of 1921 as well as 
Alumni director of M. S.C. 

Since his graduation from col- 
lege he has held many responsible 
positions. He has served as head 
of the Chemistry Dept. and ath- 
letic director at Maiden High in 
Maiden, Mass; he has taught and 
coached football at Rutgers Prep, 
in New Brunswick, New Jersey; he 
taught at Deerfield Academy, and 
he taught and later became Supt. 
of Schools in Newburyport, Mass., 
a position he held,for seven years. 
His last position before being com- 
missioned in the Air Corps, two 
years ago, was Supt. of Schools in 
Beverley, Mass. Major King is 
the father of five children, three 
sons and two daughters. 

Major King spent the entire day 
inspecting the operation of the 
58th and appeared well satisfied 
with the Detachment. 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

♦ « » — 
Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry De Marco . 

News Editor Roger O'Connor 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Photographers Features 

Walter T. Fay Henry W. Lajoie John R. Heflfernan 
Michael Hill George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood ■ Stephen B. Curtis 

Harry T. Borglund Circulation Man. 

James Kakides Albert K. Barring Edw*ard Dunn 

Adviser — Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 


This soldier, at this date, is well established at Massachu- 
setts State College. The last shot has been received, the first 
pay received, and the "gruesome twosome" physics and 
geography started. He has met new friends, both civilians 
and soldiers, and has discovered Northampton. 

Let us go back for a moment to the day of his arrival. A 
train pulled up, window shades flew up to the top and a rather 
"rusty-colored" soldier looked wearily out on a little two by 
four station. His first reaction was thinking "More noise, ser- 
geants yelling in my ears, and officers hunting for unbut- 
toned pockets and long hair." He was soon to be amazed by 
the sight of a friendly looking man with bars of a captain. 
The soldier immediately lost his weariness and became in- 
terested in what was ahead. For a few days he was contin- 
ually astounded by the comfortable living quarters, the deli- 
cious food and the beautiful campus. 

Let no one think that the soldier does not recognize the 
facilities and opportunities that are offered to him at the 58th 
C.T.D. He sees that books are the best that money can buy 
and written by brilliant authors. He realizes that the hiring 
of the professors and the clothing on his body create figures 
that are to him beyond comprehension. He knows that if it 
weren't for his Uncle Sam, he would probably never have 
seen the inside of a well-equipped laboratory or receive in- 
structions from experienced professors. 

He has been inspired by the beauty of the mountains and 
the landscape of the surrounding country. He has been lifted 
"out of this world" by the sunset over the distant 

Contrnued on Pagt 3 

Church Services 

First Baptist Church— 10:45 A. M. 

Grace Episcopal Church — Holy 
Communion 8 A. M. Morning 
Prayer and Sermons 11:00 A. M. 

Wesley Methodist Church— 10:30 
A. M. 

First Congregational Chiuich — 
10:45 A. M. 

Unity Unitarian Church — 10:30 
A. M. 

Jewish Services — 2:00 P. M. Sun- 
day at 389 N. Pleasant Street. 

On the Campus: 

Memorial Hall Service at 9 A.M. 
Chaplain Easton officiating. 
The Massachusetts State College 
Vesper Services begin this Sun- 
day. They are undenominational 
and sponsored by the United Re- 
ligious Council of the College. 
They are held at 5:00 P.M. at 
Memorial Hall and all the men 
of the 58th CTD not in quarin- 
tine are vi^elcome. 

Surprises Due 
In The Pacific 

Undersecretary of War Robert 
P. Patterson has promised "more 
surprises before long in the Pa- 
cific." "You won't have to wait 
long, for it's coming," he replied 
to the question whether the recent 
conquest of the Aleutians was like- 
ly to bring the bombing of Japan 

Mr. Patterson made his predic- 
tions in Melbourne, Australia, and 
speaking of his visit to the New 
Guinea front, he said, the spirit of 
the troops up there is excellent, 
both Australians aaid Americans. 
"They are now getting material. 
That means we'll push the fight 
■home to the Japanese. The pres- 
sure by land, air and sea will stead- 
ily increase." 

From "Minute Man" 
* » » 

NOT AT NO. 1 It's the relatively 
new U. S. attack bomber A-36, un- 
officially christened the "Invader." 
It is a low-wing plane powered by 
a single in-line engine. The stream- 
lined fuselage is flat sided and has 
a long, slender, pointed nose. The 
trailing edge of the w'ngs taper 
more than the leading edge to 
square tips. Both edges of the tail- 
plane taper slightly to square tips. 
It has a single fin and rudder. 
FIRE AT NO. 2 It's the Japanese 
Showa Sho, a low-wing, single- 
emgine fighter. This was copied al- 
Continued on Page 4 


This week's spotlight is flashed 
on A|S Robert M. Moreman, A|S 
Ccfmmander of Squadron E. 

Boin on September 23, 1922, Bob 
grew up in Youngstovioi, Ohio, and 
graduated from Boardman High 
School in May of 1941. With his 
heart set on becoming a member 
of Uncle Sam's forces, he joined 
the Army Air Corps on June 9 
of the same year. 

He was sent to Bowman Field, 
Louisville, Kentucky for his basic 
training and remained stationed 
there for over half a year. 

"I was coming out of a theater 
in Louisville on December 7, 1941, 
when I heard that war had been 
declared," said Moreman. "Immedi- 
ately I headed for the field and 
from there on, we really moved 
around the country." 

Two months after that infamous 
day, Bob was transferred to 
Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Lou- 
isiana. On March 1, 1942 he re- 
ceived his first stripe, and three 
days later his second, making him 
a corporal. 

From May until October of 1942, 
he served at Blythe Air Base in 
California. Here Bob had his great- 
est training. During his training 
here, his outfit went on maneuvers 
in the Mohave Desert. 

It was on these same maneuvers 
that General "Two Gun," "Blood 
and Guts" Patton was training his 
Armored Divisions in desert war- 
fare tactics ; the same divisions that 
pushed Rommel and his Afrika 
Korps all the way across North 
Africa and finally drove him right 
into the Mediterranean. 

"The general was in charge of 
all the maneuvers including us men 
in the Air Corps," said Bob. "We 
really learned to love him as did 
all his men. He was always in the 
middle of everything. One day 
you'd see him in a tank, the next 
in a truck or jeep. He flew a lot 
and was constantly . with his men, 
whether walking, riding or flying," 
continued Moreman. One of Gen- 
eral Patton's men was the famous 
"Man Mountain Dean". He was a 
regular Armored Division in him- 

After Blythe Field, Corporal 
Moreman moved on to Maiwh Field, 
Riverside, California. "Without a 
doubt this was one of the best 
posts at which I was stationed," 
Bob said. "We used to visit HoUy- 
C^ntinnul on Page 4 


Song After Dark 

I "I wonder what he'll play to- 
night" and just about that time 
across the stillness of the darken- 
ing valley mount the hallowed notes 
of the immortal taps, writing in 
sound a "Fine" to a soldier's day 
or perhaps somewhere to a soldier's 
life given in defense of those Taps, 
which sum up in such a brief 
cadence the meaning of "My Coun- 
try, Tis of Thee I Sing." During 
Open Post, amidst a ring of rhy- 
thm drowsy men, another series of 
echoes unfold upon the evening air 

' in different pulse and content, but 
maintaining the same clear un- 
blemished tone. They form into the 
strains of "Night and Day" or 
"Stardust" or "Where or When". 

As the lights blink out and 
weary muscles settle into bunks 
this music from seemingly nowhere, 
brings a period of pre-Morpheous 
reflection. The girl, the home, the 
mailbox or the familiar tree on the 
way to work; "Why that song was 
the one they played last at the 
dance before I left," — things to 
remember, things to return to 
someday. Well, the notes fade and 
finally die, but you still think you 
hear "As Time Goes By." Then, 
"Sleep that knits up the raveled 
sleeve of care." 

Who is responsible for these noc- 
turnal notes? Richard J. Schieberl 
is his name. A few nights after 
Squadron B arrived, he walked out 
about that time and blew taps. 
Almost every evening since then 
his admirers gather round in pre- 
sence or by ear and he digs into 
the mellow rendition you hear 
drifting down the hall or through 
the window. Dick played through 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. What was the longest air trip 
ever taken by air, by a head of a 
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2. Can all airplanes fly upside- 

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3. Did Chinese pilots devise 
"Chinese Landing"? 


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4. Is a loop made too close to the 
ground called a ground loop? 

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5. What is a "hot ship" ? 

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6. If you were flying low and 
cutting capers in a "hot ship" for 
the benefit of your girl you would 
be: 1. A victim of aero-mania, 2. 
Stalling around, 3. Blind flying, 4. 
Flat-hatting, 5. A kiwi? 

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the Midwest in a local band before 
he joined the Air Corps and lucky 
for us he brought his trumpet 
along with him. His favorite num- 
bers are "You'll Never Know" and 
Continued on Page 4 

Answers on opposite page 

U. S. O. Show 

Continued from Page 1 
Or Always" had the balcony swoon- 
ing, and the boys without girls, 
dreaming of that blonde back home. 

This double barrel load of splen- 
did entertainment was very ably 
presented by the fun-loving master 
of ceremonies. Chick Darrow. Chick 
has been around long enougn to 
know what it's all about. Ha spent 
some time M. C'ing in vaudeville 
and night spots. One of hii pre- 
vious engagements was with the 
famous Leon and Eddie's on 52nd 
Street. He has spent eight months 
with the U.S.O. units. 

Chick has two brothers who are 
both overseas, one in England and 
one in Sicily. Miss Goodwin also 
has two brothers in the service, 
one with the Army in Europe, and 
the other a sailor somewhere on the 
high seas. 

This performance completes a 
three month's tour of the first ser- 
vice command by the troupe. They 
are going over to the Third Ser- 
vice Command to join other units 
as soon as the present tour is 

The 58th C.T.D. expresses it's 
gratitude for the splendid enter- 
tainment, and vnshes Chick, Anne, 
Vivian, Sally and Roy, the best of 
luck in their new assignment. 


Continued from Page 2 
Berkshire hills. He has been re- 
freshed by the blue-green waters 
of the pool and invigorated by the 
playing of volley ball and cross- 
country run. 

One fact stands firm in his mind, 
and that is, no matter what the 
future brings he shall never regret 
his days spent at Mass. State. He 
shall have been given a course 
equivalent to at least a year of 
college training. He is the best 
equipped student in the United 
States. To sum it up briefly — ^he 
is indeed satisfied. 

"One Sharp Sonnet" 

'Tis an old maxim in the schools 
That publicity is the food for fools. 
Yet now and then those students 

of wit. 
Will condescend to accept a bit. 

W. F. G. Jr. 
In The Stilly Night 
Oft in the stilly night, when slum- 
ber's chain hath bound us, 
A thousand yelpings smite the air 
from the doggoned curs around 

The Waves Say 

It may be a surprise to some 
of us (though I know not why) to 
learn that the WAVES actually 
think that the men of the 58th are 
somewhat, "Superior to other sol- 
diers in their distinguished man- 
ner and bearing." In the course of 
conversation with a few of the 
WAVES from the Midshipman 
School at Smith, we discovered that 
we are indeed held high in their esti- 
mation, being courteous, well-man- 
nered, with constant military bear- 
ing maintained at all times. Per- 
haps, fellows, we were not as 
aware of this before, but this dis- 
tinction we should strive to hold, 
as it is well worth maintaining. I 
hope this bit of news does not 
affect the size of the average 
garrison cap, but we know that the 
caliber is non-inflative. In this 
case it will do no harm, for as 
Shakespeare so aptly put it, "He 
that loves to be flattered is worthy 
o' the flatterer." 

» »» 

Weekend Activities 

On The Campus 

It is hereby advised that all 
Aviation Students keep Sat. night 
Sept. 25 open for occupation of 
Drill Hall at eight chimes. The 
purpose vi^hereof is to participate 
in the movement of feet with music 
and members of the opposite sex, 
commanly known as dancing. The 
Misses are from ye olde college 
and the village of Amherst. Hence 
an exceptional evening is promised 
with gaiety and laughter in abun- 

"Come one, come all 
and come on time 
to old Drill Hall" 
Stockbridge Hall. 

A USO movies will be shown at 
7:00 p.m. this Saturday night at 
Stockbridge. Please note the change 
of time from 8:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The U.S.O. house in Amherst and 
the U.S.O. headquarters in North- 
ampton are open as usual. Dancing, 
records, and reading can be found 
at the Amherst Station while the 
YMCA facilities and the recrea- 
tional room await your use in 


Academy of Music Theater. 
Sat. only. "What's Buzzin Cousin" 

^with Fred Waring's Band and 

"Good Luck Mr. Yates" starr- 
ing Edward Buchannan and Claire 
Continued on Pag* 4 


Parade Winner 

Continued from Page 1 
the men in the ranks are con- 
cerned, he cannot be out of place. 

The squad sergeant in the second 
rank must hold that 40 inch dis- 
tance directly behind him. 

The flight lieutenant of the first 
flight has an extremely difficult 
job in dressing on him because of 
the interval of two files in between. 
This applies to each of the flight 
lieutenants in that first rank and 
also to the guide sergeants when 
the dress is left on a left turn. 
It's a pretty tough job especially 
for the flight lieutenants on that 
left file. 

The one thing that 98 percent of 
all review parades are guilty of is 
the lagging of that left flank. When 
that left flank lags as much as 
forty inches behind, which it does 
at times in the rear ranks, the re- 
viewing officer must turn his head 
at an angle to coincide with that 
of the ranks, in order to see day- 



Continued from Page 2 
wood and Los Angeles nearly every 

Moreman met Bob Hope, Bing 
Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour while 
watching the shooting of scenes 
from "The Road to Morocco." 

"One of the most impressive re- 
views I ever marched in was at 
March Field when Mrs. Colin 
Kelly was presented the Distin- 
guished Service Cross awarded 
posthumously to her husband. It 
was . one of the most inspiring 
sights I've ever witnessed." 

Consequently, Bob found March 
Field much to his liking and in 
December of 1942, was sorry to 
move on again to another base. 
However, his next stop was the 
Army Air Base at Great Falls, 
Montana, which did much to grati- 
fy him; for it was here that he 
received his third chevron, making 
him Sergeant Robert M. Moreman. 

From Montana, the sergeant had 
but one more stop. Fort Dix, New 
Jersey, before he transferred to 
the CTD program. Thus we found 
him at B.T.C. No. 10, the alma 
mater of Squadron E. Bob's next 
change brought him in contact with 
his present outfit. When questioned 
on his opinion of Mass. State and 
the 58th C.T.D., his one remark 
was, "Wonderful," which adequate- 
ly expresses the feeling of the en- 
tire Detachment. 

Well liked by the squadron he 
commands, and by all with whom 
he Comes in contact, A|S Moreman 

Heff emails Animal Kingdom 

Geese is a bird that don't fly, which is most meat and 
feathers. Geese can't sing much on account of the dampness 
of the water. He ain't got no between his toes and he's got 
a little balloon in his stummick to keep him from sinking. 
Some geese when they are big has curls on their tails and 
is called ganders. Ganders don't have to sit and lay eggs, 
but just eat and loaf around and go swimming. If I was a 
goose I'd rather be a gander. 

Pigs are fat things with apples in their mouths. When 
you peal their skin it's called bacon. Hogs is pigs that ate 
too much. Little pigs didn't eat as much as pigs or hogs thats 
why there small. 

A cow is a domestic animal. Her tail which hangs on the 
end has a brush on it to shoo the flies so they won't drop 
in the milk. It's skin on the outside is called leather and has 
hair on it, the skin on the inside has wrinkles on it and is 
called tripe. 

Dogs are things that fight with cats. The legs are on four 
coners and live in dog houses. The fleas on Army dogs are 
called, "mechanized dandriff." Quinine is bark from trees. 
Canine is bark from dogs. 

Rabbits are things that do arithmetic good, because they 
multiply so fast. They lay colored eggs for children at Easter 
Time, and have special ears so you can pick them up, which 
is very silly, because, after all, who wants to pick them up? 

Song After Dark 

Continued jrom Page 3 
"Stormy Weather," which become 
our favorite every time he plays 
them. You can also hear him 
tongue the adjutant's calls and the 
retreat call in the band at retreat 

A few nights before he is about 
to leave, Dick has agreed to play 
three favorites shortly before Taps. 
But this becomes a paradox, for 
though we will look forward to 
the triple number, we will know 
that soon another base will in- 
herit the dreamy, tonal eff^ect of 
his own styled trumpeting. 

Air Show 

Continued jrom Page I 

the Aviation Cadet Course and to 
interest the public in the training 
of these men. 

Those aviation students parti- 
cipating in the parade will be 
furnished transportation to and 
from LaFleur Airport. 

commands the respect of all the 
men. Bob just turned 21 yesterday, 
and with the two and a quarter 
years of Army experience that he 
has, will have little trouble in 
making good his main ambition: 
to pilot, as he puts it, "one of those 
lovely babys," a P-38. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued jrom page 3 

Sun. Chester Morris and Ann 
Savage in "After Midnight with 
Boston Blackie" and "Three Cock- 
eyed Sailors." 

Calvin Theater. Sat. & Sun. 
"This Is The Army" — ^with George 
Murphy and Joan Leslie. 

Amherst Theatre. Sat. & Sun. 
"This Is The Army." 



Continued jrom Page 2 
most exactly from the American 
Vultee V-ll-GB. Both edges of the 
wings taper equally to rounded tips. 
The leading edge of the tailplane is 
swept back to rounded tips and the 
trailing edge is untapered. An un- 
usual feature is that the trailing 
edge of the elevators is forward of 
the leading edge of the rudder. 


Squadron "B", winner for two 
successive weeks of the Retreat 
Parade ribbons, finally relinquished 
the award to Squadron "D", win- 
ner for last week. That the con- 
test for the award was "hot" is 
evidenced by the fact that no more 
than 4 points separated any two 
squadrons in the final standings. 

Melting Pot 

It is rumored that A|S Bill Ste- 
phens hands out ducky looking 
rings on a silver tray. It must be 
the cooking. 

Hot Pilot C. Murphy is angry 
with his flight instructor — ^the in- 
structor made him stop shooting 
at the crows while in flight. So 
Murphy, puts the chocks under the 
wheels, and just sits in the tail 
gunner's position. 

And the man from Squadron A 
who said that over the weekend 
three different girls asked him 
if he was a Squadron B man — Sor- 
ry fellow — ^better luck next week. 

AjS Haroutunian sure has a nose 
for news. 

AjS John Gayle picks out fine 
songs on the mess hall stairway- 
like "Dixie". Now do you know 
where he's from ? 

A|S Stanley Haskins has a cer- 
tain type of harmonious voice that 
really must woo the local girls. 

A|S Daniel Dooden and A|S Al- 
bert Ekstrom have become the best 
known exponent of Boil's Law. 

A]S Louis Grisiglio likes to plant 
whiskey in his garden so he can 
raise stewed tomatoes. 

AjS Lynn Dorset says to stop 
blood from flowing out of a wound 
in the leg, wrap the leg around the 
body above the heart. 

Would somebody please tell A|S 
Phil Kyser where Buzzard's Bay, 
Mass. is. He's got a girl there. 

That yellow ribbon with the sil- 
ver star A|S James Borden wears 
designates four years sea duty in 
the Navy previous to Pearl Har- 

If you want your rationing prob- 
lem solved, go to AjS Jim Cooper. 
He was executive with the War 
Production Board in Washington. 
He once sigrned a telegram that 
released a convoy to Russia. 

The silver bullet that A|S Joe 
Rivers uses for a good luck piece 
received for shooting high score 
(184 out of 200) at his basic train- 
ing center range. 

A|S Chuck Parker is strictly a 
family man. He has one wife and 
one baby. As a past time he 
handled the Treasury Department 
at the State Teacher's College in 
Troy, Alabama. 

The kink in A|S Carter Miller's 
arm comes from drum majoring at 
Charles High School, Louisiana. 

"Twinkle-Toes Bernard Kirch- 
ner, A. S. N. Oh-oh was a dancer 
comedian, and acrobatic in Dayton, 
Ohio and neighboring city stages. 









Vol. I No. 29 


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A Social Held 

On Saturday evening last there 
was a USO dance held for the 
58th C.T.D. Aviation Students. The 
Drill Hall was the stage — the girls 
were from the M.S.C. campus and 
were very, very charming, — yes 

This was probably the first as- 
sociation some of the girls of the 
campus had with our students 
here. We hope that they enjoyed 
the experience as much as we did. 

The dance was enjoyed by every 
student that attended. Everyone of 
the A|S's remarked on the splendid 
manner in which they were re- 
ceived. We of the 58th sincerely 
hope that there will be more dances 
arranged by competent Mr. Easton 
so that more "tete a tetes" will be 
had, and newly absorbed facts 
exchanged between the "War in- 
formed" students and the intelli- 
gent group of U.S.O. girls. 

Weekend Activities 

If you missed last week's dance 
at Drill Hall, there will be another 
opportunity this Saturday night to 
join in the unlimited fun and trip 
a light fantastic or two. This week- 
end event promises to be- even bet- 
ter than the last with the addition 
of special entertainment. The re- 
freshments are in keeping with the 
fall season, being cider and dough- 
nuts. At the stroke of eight record- 
ed music will drift on the evening 
breeze, hastening your itching feet 
to the swirling circle. The dance is 
being sponsored by a joint commit- 
tee from the 58th and a group of 
Mass State students. Only those 
girls invited by the committee may 
attend, although the men who have 
wives or out-of-town guests may 
(ybtain guest cards from Lt. Madi- 
son. The purpose of this is to 
provide an even number of both 

The Kirby Memorial Theater sit- 
uated on the campus of Amherst 
College presents its first stage pro- 
duction of the year. There are per- 
formances Saturday afternoon and 
Continued on Page 3 

Aviation Students Perform 
In Northampton 

Read This 

Among the untold services that 
the Red Cross renders to the fight- 
ing men of the world is one right 
here in Amherst. It benefits the 
member of the 58th, but it per- 
sonifies the unselfish devotion of 
the women in white. 

Buttons come ofl", and- out of 
nowhere a small hole appears in a 
shirt sleeve, patches have to be 
sewed on, and numerous other 
small difficulties of mending pre- 
sent themselves. True they cian be 
done by ourselves, but somehow 
the Army overlooked a sewing 
circle period for each of our event- 
ful days. On Saturday from 3 
until 6 p.m. you may put your 
worries into the skillfull hands of 
these s3rmpathetic women! These 
women volunteers, numbering a- 
bout 25, sew for the fellows with- 
out any charge whatsoever, as the 
Red Cross always does. You may 
find these women on the third 
floor of the Savings Bank Block. 
This is a unit of the Hampshire 
County Red Cross. 

Most of the time, garments can 
be speedily attended to and the 
work accomplished while you stand 
by and marvel. If for some reason 
the g'arments cannot be done on 
Sat., they can be picked up by 
appointment Monday night. If uni- 
forms are needed before the next 
Sat., contact Miss Carrie Gates at 
69 So. Pleasant St., Am. 615-M. 

Miss Gates, who is the he'ad of 
the Amherst Unit, will announce 
a date in the near future when a 
similar center will open on our 

Some o^ us know about this al- 
ready and we extend our grate- 
ful thanks and appreciation to the 
ladies of Amherst. Those who plan 
to take advantage of the opportuni- 
ty will come away with the same 
feeling of praise and gratification. 

The A|S of 58th C.T.D. presented 
a unique performance of marching 
and close order drill as part of the 
Air Show in Northampton, Mass. 
last Sunday. 

Since the purpose of the show 
was to interest young men in the 
limitless opportunities offered by 
the Army Air Forces, this singular 
display of aviation training, bring- 
ing reality to a previously vague 
and unsettled notion of Air Force 
atmosphere, served as an impetus 
for those wishing to enter. As a 
result 103 men were signed up for 
Cadet training. During the course 
of the program, these potential 
Aviation Cadets were given free 
rides in Civil Air Patrol planes. 

That the intricate maneuvers, 
and the impressive harmony with 
which these maneuvers were en- 
acted presented a colorful cere- 
mony, was proved beyond a doubt 
by the gaping, spell-bound attitude 
which the sideline crowd evinced. 
Although the drilling, in itself, was 
merely routine for the Students, 
the Air Show served as a medium 
of displaying,' publicly, their deft- 
ness and dexterity acquired under 
the Army's disciplinary hand. 

Sq'd D Wins Ribbons 

On Saturday, September 18, 
Squadron D was awarded the blue 
and gold ribbons for general ex- 
cellence in the retreat parades of 
the preceding week. In their fourth 
week at Mass. State, they won the 
ribbons in the face of strong com- 
petition from three older squa- 

Last Saturday Squadron D again 
received the ribbons, thus holding 
its lead for a second consecutive 
week. One can't help admiring the 
precision of their marching and 
their brisk, military step. Squa- 
dron D is certainly giving the rest 
of the Squadrons something to 
shoot at, and, to tell the truth, the 
competition is quite keen. 

"Good Enough 
To Share" 

A copy of the paper from the 
33rd. C.T.D. St. Vincent College, 
Latrobe, Pa. was received in head- 
quarters a few days ago. Much to 
the surprise of everyone, the paper 
appeared as Vol. I No. 1 of the 
"Take Off." Capt. Congleton im- 
mediately dispached the following 
letter which was reprinted in the 
33rd.'s paper. Following the re- 
printed letter was an Editors Note 
which we in turn include in "our 

Lt. David J. Shapiro 
33rd College Tr. Det. (AC) 
St. Vincent College 

Dear Lieut. Shapiro : . 

It was nice to receive your copy 
of Volume I, No. I, of TAKE-OFF 
published 9 September 1943. Evi- 
dently you believe in good names 
as it is also the name of the 
detachment paper at the 58th Col- 
lege Training Detachment. The de- 
tachment paper has been published 
since March 20, 1943, and we are 
now up to No. 26 of Volume I. 

Frankly, it makes no difference 
to us if you continue using the 
same name, but we thought you 
would like to know about the sit- 
uation. Incidentally, we were in- 
terested in the squib on the fourth 
page about the prize for the best 
name. This detachment hereby 
makes formal claim to the prize 
of five dollars ($5.00), but we will 
not insist upon the extra dollar as 
it will not be necessary to split it 
three ways. Make all checks pay- 
able to the Detachment Fund, 58th 
C.T.D. (Aircrew). 

With kindest personal regards, I 

Richard J. Congleton 
Captain. Air Corps. 

(Editor's Note: — For the best 
"T.S." (T for tough, S for situa- 
tion) story of the week, TAKE- 
OFF is happy to pay one dollar to 
the Detachment Fund of the 58th 
C.T.D. (Aircrew) and to grant 
Capt. Richard J. Congleton an 
overnight pass valid between 1700 
Conllnutd o* t4t/$ 4 



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Ever wake up in the morning and find out you had a Ser- 
geant shaking you, instead of your mother or wife? Boy, 
that's solid reality. It's time to wake up, the bugle has blovm, 
we are shaken into consciousness, maybe we're a little late. 
We must wake up, and as we draw ourself out of our Army 
bunks sort of realize that we are fighting the war. 

It is you, your roommate, your brother, who must bleed, 
sweat and probably die to win it. It's you, y6ur mothers, 
sisters, fathers, "the" gal back home, and the rest of the 
family, who pay if you, their fortress, don't win. It is their 
association for which we, you and I, must bring order out 
of chaos. 

Do you realize what this rigorous training is for? This 
training briefly, will get you over the blockade to extinguish 
the Japanese and then bring you back safely after the in- 
evitable visit to the land of the rising scum. 

Our fathers won a battle in 1918 — then leaders lost the 
peace. Let*us, as enlightened Americans of a new generation 
win our peace too. Then and only then, will the job be done. 
Are you really awake or are you bucking the specially pre- 
pared training you are exposed to. 

You are in the uniform of the U.S. .iust think awhile what 
that means. Now we, the very core of America, the youth, 
the mainstay of a nation at war, observing the dynamic trend 
of war, should begin to realize the serious st' aggie we are in. 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. Would the percentage of oxy- 
gen be higher in the air over Aus- 
tralia than the United States ? 

Answer. No. 

2. How thick is the sea air sur- 
rounding the earth? 

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3. Is lightning a .serious flight 
hazard ? 

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4. What is Occlusion? 

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5. Does a glider have greater 
latei-al stability than a fighter 
plane ? 

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6. Does the B 17-E (Flying 
Fortress) have greater stability 
than previous models ? 

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7. When did the first man es- 
cape from any kind of aircraft via 
parachute ? 

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8. What is a primary fly? 
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9. Why are bombardiers espec- 
ially devoted to Mickey Mouse? 

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10. If you ordered a "three 
point landing" at an airport res- 
taurant what would you get to eat ? 

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11. What is a mock up air- 
plane ? 

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-.iiB iCuiuinp B SI %i -.laMSuy 

12. Are the Gremlins responsi- 
ble for the parasite drag in air- 
planes ? 

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-X9 'auBidJiB UB JO s;.iBd \\V' qatqAV 
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B El 3Bjp 9^tBB.iBj "Oj^ -aaMSuy 


'A|S Clayton Orton is in the beam 
of this week's spotlight. Born in 
Buffalo, New York, on November ■ 
22, 1921. Clay is now 22, and has 
seen as much excitement and had 
as many experiences as a man 
twice his age. 

Upon graduating from North 
Collins High School in 1940, he 
managed a chain store for a year 
before entering the service. 

Pearl Harbor was Clay's incen- 
tive to do his part. On December 
21, 1941, he enlisted in the Army 
Air Corps. Being 19, he could not 
apply for pilot training and con- 
sequently went into the ground 

After enlisting, Clay requested 
immediate induction and was sent 
to Fort Niagara, N. Y. the same 

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, be- 
came his basic training center and 
was his home for 21 days while he 
went through the rigors of con- 
ditioning, familiar to all Army 

Upon completion of his basic 
training, Clay was sent to Patter- 
son Field, Dayton, Ohio, where he 
was assigned to the 10th Air Depot 
Group, Repair Squadron. It was 
during this 5 months period that he 
became Corporal Clayton Orton. 

Along with promotion, came 
shipping orders and Clay headed 
for the port of embarkation. Leav- 
ing with the second contingent of 
U. S. troops to go over seas. Clay 
landed in England in June 1942. 

Not being satisfied with the 
thrill and excitement of crossing 
the ocean and visiting England, 
Clay ran smack into an air raid. 
Being the soldiers first, there was 
a great deal of excitement and 
their first day in England was any- 
thing but dull. 

Clay changed his post four times 
(somewhere in England) fromi 
Manchester to the English Channel j 
and received his third stripe. He] 
was put in charge of the base Ar- 
my Post off'ice for six months atl 
the end of which time he was pro-| 
moted to staff sergeant. 

Every morning about 6 o'clock,! 
three or four planes would cornel 
over for straffing raids. "We didn't 
need a bugler," said Clay. "Air 
raids were so frequent during the 
last two months, that we took 
them as a' matter of course." 

One of the most unique and 
Conlinntd oh Page i 


First Flight 

My Army career started several 
months ago (nine to be exact) 
; when I read I was elig-ible for 
j Aviation Cadet Training. Since that 
' time I have had quite a few ex- 
' periences, but the most exciting 
' was that foggy morning that I 
went to Barnes Airport for my 
first flight. The sun had not quite 
cleared the fog, 30 we spent the 
first period in class getting the 
many last-minute instructions be- 
fore taking to the air. The in- 
structor was very patient and an- 
swered all our questions with care. 
When we left this class we felt as 
though we knew everything about 
the ground procedures and the 
rules we had to follow. 

On the field I was assigned to an 
instructor. He was tall, soft-spoken 
-. and seemed really interested in 
me. He took me to our ship and 
explained all the controls, what 
effect they had, and how the plane 
reacted in the air. After a complete 
check of the plane we strapped on 
the chutes, the mechanic cranked 
the engine and we taxied dov^n to 
the end of the runway and headed 
into the wind. He gave it the gun 
and away we went. I must admit 
that I can't recall much of those 
first few minutes in the air — I was 
too busy wishing that I had joined 
the infantry. When we made the 
first ninety degree turn my stomach 
continued in straight and level 
flight. By the time we made a sec- 
ond turn and I had started breath- 
ing again, I opened my eyes and 
there we were headed straight to- 
wards the ground, the instructor 
explaining that our ship was level 
and our area w^as under us. After 

Iron Cross 

Do you do a left turn when a 
column right is given ? Do you 
put on a rain coat and stay in your 
room when the fire signal sounds? 
Do you initial the chow menu? Do 
you salute an ofP-cer as though 
yea were heir to a tomato can 
fortune in a night club? Do you 
snore loud enough to wake every- 
one else in class ? When on guard 
duty, do you call relief when it 
starts to rain? Do you wonder why 
Corporal Smith brushes his teeth 
on a desk leg when you ask him 
questions that are answered on 
the bulletin board? If you fill any 
of these requirements, or a host 
more, too numerous to print, sol- 
dier, you're in line for the Iron 

talking me into sitting up high 
enough to see out the side he 
pointed out the landmarks, so that 
I could find my way about once I 
got the feel of flying. He demon- 
strated the turns which I was to 
learn — then told nje to take the 
■controls. I did, and found it all 
worked very simply — a slight pres- 
sure this way and you . go in an 
entirely different direction than an- 
ticipated. In five minutes at the 
controls I lost my nerve, two thou- 
sand feet, and breakfast, but not 
my desire to become a pilot. We 
flew back to Barnes and after one 
of those landings only an instruc- 
tor can make, we taxied to the line 
and tied the ship down. I was told 
that I did fair for my first flight 
and things would improve as I 
went along. 

I have made six trips out to the 
a-rport since that day and let me 
tell you, there's nothing like being' 
a Hot Pilot. 

Answers on page 4 

Cross. The origin of this de-honor- 
ary degree can be traced with neg- 
ligible inaccuracy to a few rigbt- 
ous characters in Squadron A who 
undertook the worthy cause of pre- 
senting vocal decorations to those 
few unfortunates who occasionally 
get off the ball. The'ir names shall 
go down to posterity along with 
such eminents in decoratology as 
Bradfrew NMI Schellpentrope, Ur- 
iza Wump Drapenlap, and many 
others. For reasons of military 
strategy we cannot disclose the 
names of the founders of this new 

Now for the most diff'icult part 
of our study, the explanation of 
how the Iron Cross sounds without 
the a'id of heirogliphics, cunieform 
multiplication or other musical 
symbols. You have no doubt heard 
an irresponsible trombonist pro- 
duce a series of irregular breaths 
and arm movements in an unguard- 
ed moment that came out the end 
as a rendition of the fanfare for 
the star perfoi-mer in a Vaudeville 
show of the plenty twenties. Using 
your musical imagination, it goes 
something like this: da da da da, 
de "de da, da da da, (rest) da de 
da da do da do da (Slide) da. When 
you hear a knot of relaxing stu- 
dents suddenly lift their voices in 
this familiar pattern you will find 
not far off a blushing figure (male) 
looking furtively for a means of 
escape and sometimes holding in an 
expanding and contracting grip a 
tender lily colored gig slip. 
Ah Life. 

Reports have just come into the 
office that other citations are being 
awarded besides the Iron Cross. 
For the griper there is the Iron 
Cross plus the Ply Leaf Cluster, 
for the one who is always late there 
is the Iron Cross plus the F.L.C. 
with five acorns and the last one 
covers all remaining generalities. 
It is revenantly known as the 
Grand Seal of the Order of the 
Violet Artery, with five acorns and 
one brazil nut. 

■» »» 


Continued from Page 2 
amazing sights witnessed by the 
boys was during one daylight raid. 
A bomb crashed through the roof 
of one hanger, bounded off the floor 
and through the door (without 
exploding) and into the next hang- 
er, finally exploding there. 

Another time, a raid came in the 
middle of chow. "I was one of the 
first out of the building," said Clay, 
"and nearly laughed myself sick 
despite the seriousness of the sit- 
Conllnued on Page 4 

In Memoriam 

Toll the moumfull bell 

Wrap the blackened shroud a- 

Turn from the sun to eternal dark, 
T. S. no more shall bark. 

His furry hair and quivering bark, 
Which visited an occasional class, 
His indignant commotion at the 

chow line. 
Or the sentries voice at night; 
Oh, weep o'er his vanished sight. 

T. S., the explosion under every 

His sleeping mood or romping fit! 
Oh, drink the gall and spread the 

His entreating eyes have left us 


In the far away place where curs 
do go. 

In the heaven where dogs un- 
hindered prowl 

You'll find him watching and bend- 
ind low 

To give us a yip or lick the cowl. 

"The dog whom we all had fond- 
ly come to call T. S. met his 
death under the wheels of a truck 
last Monday, Sept. 17." 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 1 

evening. Admission is free to ser- 
vice men. 

Amherst Theatre. 
Saturday, "Best Foot Forward" 
with Lucille Ball and William Gax- 

Sunday, "First Comes Cour- 
age." with Brian Ahere and Merle. 

Adademy of Music Theater 

( Northampton) 

Saturday and Sunday. "First 
Comes Courage" and "Melody 

Calvin Theater (Northampton) 

Saturday and Sunday, Bette / 
Davis and Paul Lucas in "Watch 
on the Rhine" and "Henry Aldrich 
and Swing It". 


The Amherst branch of the U.S. 
O. is open as usual. The Northamp- 
ton Headquarters is the location of 
a dance at 8 P.M. Saturday. Danc- 
ing is in the Gym. Refreshments 
vsrill be served and the music is 
recorded. The WAVES vnll be 
Campus Movies 

At 7 P.M. Saturday there will be 
a first-run movie in the Recreation- 
al Room of Thatcher Hall. 


Melting Pot 

AjS Edward Groom, married 3 
years is the happy father of a 7 
pound boy; congratulations. 

A|S Grisoglio's fluent line of 
wooing at one of the local husks, 
was most rudely cut short by one 
obstreperous (we quote), and not a 
little rude, A|S Grimes (Bugs). 
(Who got the red one?) 

There is a Physics teacher at 
Mass. State that a WAVE sta- 
tioned in South, Hadley wishes to 
contact. We hear he once worked 
in Bainbridge, New York. Please 
Mr. Physics teacher, will you come 
to the Take Off office and enlighten 

A|S Harwood had' one splendid 
time dining at none other than the 
President's house on Sunday last. 
The date had this lad in a state of 
"comatose perceptiveness". (an- 
other word for, "fog".) 

A certain WAVE (Polly) told 
A|S Gallagher, to rel'ieve a fainting 
person-, lay them on their back un- 
til conscience returns. 

A|S Kennedy contends that he 
was once a barber. To make a long 
story short, one A|S Jedrey fell for 
the proverbial bait, sat down for a 
cut job, ended up with an upside 
down shelf job. 

AIS Powell says "Flying Would 
be Better if the Instructor Stayed 
on the (Ground". 

A|S Montgomery is leaving a 
nice "WAVE" when he leaves 
Mass. State. Maybe some of the 
new boys would like to make her 

A|S Shipman's flight instructor 
was called to agtive duty with the 
Naval Air Cadets last Tuesday. 

Professor Hager Erb (formerly 
a genuine AjS) has joined the 
faculty to teach the boys physics. 
As Hager says, "It's Easy." 

A|S Happy Wallace Embry looks 
rather beat. She must have a good 
^ set of choppers. Eh, Wallace? 

We hear A|S Fenstermacher has 
accepted a fellowship at Smith. 
A|S E. J. Young doesn't have 
enough P. T. If you don't believe 
it drop into his gymnasium (301, 
Lewis) some night. 

What's this about W. 0. Withers 
(from Alabama) falling for a 
Mass. blonde. 

A|S O'Malley caught a Butterfly. 
Let's get out of the hole, Esper. 

A|S Charlie Funk has started 
shaving. What say Homer? 

Could the angelic demeanors of 
A|S O'Donnell, Lowe, and Noft- 
singer be attributed to the arrival 

We stover Field 

Church Services 

Tomorrow has been designated 
for world-wide Communion in all 
Protestant Churches. EVery com- 
municant should make an effort to 
take part at his own place of 

The regular Protestant Services 
at Memorial Hall will be conducted 
tomorrow at 0900 entirely by Avia- 
tion Students of the 58th CTD. 

of their wives ? 

A|S Welfare, the Mystic. He'll 
trance the pants off you. 

Will the A|S who answers to the 
name of Sad Sack please report to 
the Take Off office for a possible 
solution to the Einstein Theory. 

A|S Bob Darling thinks that 
strategy is when you dont let the 
enemy know that you are out of 
ammunition, but keep on firing. 

A|S Robert R. Hafbeson is get- 
ting married on Sunday next. C!on- 
gratulations, Robert! 

AjS Leslie Brown will preach the 
sermon, and will be assisted by 
A|S Frederick Mlckler and A|S 
James Sledge. 

Vesper Services will also be con- 
ducted at Memorial Hall tomorrow, 
at 1700. 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions today, from 1600 to 
1800, and from 1930 to 2100; Sun- 
day Masses at 0700, 0830, 1000, and 
First Baptist Church: 

Service at 1045. 
Wesley Methodist Church: 

Service at 1030. 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Communion Service at 0800; 
Morning Prayer and Sermon at 
First Congregational Church: 

Service at 1045. 
Unity Unitarian Church: 

Service at 1030. 
Hebrew Services are held at 389 
North Pleasant Street at 1400 Sun- 


Continued from Page i 
uation." The men were more in- 
terested in saving their chow, then 
they were in saving their skins. 
They were climbing out the win- 
dows and running through the 
doors, jousling coffee, carrying 
pieces of meat, craming their pock- 
ets with bread, and doing their 
level best to carry the entire meal 
to the air-raid shelter." 

"When we were stationed on the 
channel, at night after lights out, 
we'd pull aside the blackout cur- 
tains and listen to the bombers 
going out on their raids. English 
by night and American by day. We 
often went to sleep to the con- 
stant droning of their engines," 
continued Orton, "for it was at 
this time that the one and two 
thousand plane raids were going 
on over Nazi-held Europe." 

Clay finally received the oppor- 
tunity to take the Air Cadet exam- 
ination in London and passing it, 
was shipped back to the States in 
June of this year. 

While his present brothers-in- 
arms were taking their basic. Clay 
was on a much needed and deserved 
furlough. This time off rested him 
up completely and after five days 
at Atlantic City, he arrived here at 
the 58th C.T.D. 

Clay found England and its peo- 
ple so much to his liking that he 
plans to marry an English lassie 
after the war. He hopes to obtain 
his wings and pilot a P-47. 


Answers to Airplane Quiz 
FIRE AT No. 1! It's the German 
Focke-Wulf Fw. 187 "Zerstor^r" 
(destroyer), a low-wing, two-seat, 
twin-engine fighter. It has a thin, 
streamlined fuselage with large 
underslung engine nacelles forward 
of the nose. Both edges of the 
wings taper equally to rounded 
tips. The tailplane is also tapered 
and has a single fin and rudder. 
NOT AT No. 2! It's the British 
"Mosquito," a low-wing, twin-en- 
gine bomber that has been stinging 
Germany on frequent raids. The 
nose of the cigar shaped fuselage 
is almost on a line with the engine 
nacelles. The trailing edge of the 
wings tapers more than the leading 
edge to rounded tips. It has a 
tapered tailplane and a single fin. 

GJood Enough To Shai-e 

Continued from Page I 
of Saturday 25 Sept. 1943 and 1900 
of Sunday 26 Sept. 1943. Don't 
forget to sign the Departure Book, 
Capt. Congleton.) 








Vol. I No. 30 


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^Xap'n Gene'' 

Mascots are funny little things. 
They can range from monkeys 
found in the foxholes of -some 
battle front to 4-year old Master 
Eugene Phelps found in the various 
and sundry corridors and confines 
of Mass. State. Since "Gene" is 
our mascot here at 58th, it might 
be interesting to tell a little about 
him and his antics. 

Gene is quite a boy. He goes into 
classes with us and stands retreat 
with us. If he should walk up to 
you in class day, pull your arm, 
squirm a bit, and say in his youth- 
ful, but clarion-clear voice, "I 
gotta - - -", just ask A|S Wm. 
Hain of Sqdn E. He can tell you all 
about what to do fn that case. 

On that subject of understanding 
and the dining room. Gene, with a 
true Officer's appreciation of Ar- 
my etiquette, eats there. He gently 
but firmly sits himself down at the 
Officers' table and dines with a 
smile. His table manners are sur- 
passed only by his appreciation 
of chow as an Army, gourmet. 

His understanding, (and at only 
4 years of age too), of Library 
rules is something to be wondered 
at. He has all prime requisites of 
a gentleman and scholar in deep 
concentration. Well, we know how 
crowded certain parts of our li- 
brary are and the strict super- 
vision this necessitates. Gene with 
all his decorum could wait no long- 
er. The clarion again piped clear 
he "hadda". 

Unfortunately, the uniform that 
was ordered some time ago for 
Gene has not yet been received, 
and so far he sports only a much- 
taken-in garrison-cap as his aole 
military accouterment. Neverthe- 
less, Gene certainly makes up in 
military bearing what he lacks in 
stature and equipment. 


Before the next issue of TAKE 
OFF is published, another group 
of Aviation Students will have left 
the 58th foj: Classification Center. 
Squadron "B", famed for its pre- 
cision drilling and for having 
threatened for awhile to take per- 
manent possession of the Retreat 
award ribbons, has completed the 
first stage of preparation for oove- 
ted wings. With them go our best 
wishes for success in carrying on 
the tradition of the 58th. 

Notice 1 

The sewing and mending room 
promised by the Amherst branch 
of the Red Cross has opened in 
Stockbridge Hall. In last weeks 
TAKE OFF we explained the or- 
ganization and purpose of the Am- 
herst Red Cross. Their proposed 
plan for the sewing room for the 
58th. has been altered somewhat. 
Garments now may be left in the 
rooms designated on the third floor 
of Stockbridge from 1845 to 1945 
Wednesday night. They may be 
reclaimed the following evening at 
the same time. All general mend 
ing, patches, alterations, and repair 
will be taken care of. 

New Student Officers 
Assume Command 

Church Services 

It is noted that the attendance 
of Aviation Students at the vari- 
ous church services is steadily in- 
creasing. Th:s is not only a grati- 
fying indication to the clergymen 
of the respective faiths that ser- 
vicemen take an inter9st in reli- 
gious life, but it also proves that 
the Army's effort to promote faith 
in, and obedience to, a Supreme 
Commander has not gone unheeded. 
First Baptist Church: 

Regular service at 1045, Sunday. 
Inauguration of a special Sunday 
School class for servicemen at 
0945. This class will be conducted 
by Professor Sanctuary of the 
Mass. State faculty. 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

IHoly Communion at 0800; Morn- 
ing Prayer and Sermon at 1100 
First Congregational Church: 

IService at 1045 Sunday 
Wesley Methodist Church: 

IService at 1030 Sunday 
St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

'Confession Saturday from 1600 
to 1800 and from 1930 to 2100. 
Masses Sunday at 0700, 0830, 1000, 
and 1100. Aviation Students are 
requested to attend the 0830 Mass, 
if possible. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 
Service at 1030 Sunday 
Hebrew Services: 

At 389 North Pleasant Street, 
1400 Sunday. 
On the Campus: 

There will be no morning service 
at Memorial Hall this Sunday. 
Vesper Services will be held at 
Memorial Hall at 1700 Sunday; the 
visiting minister will be Rev. Gard- 
ner Day. 

Over The Top! 

The Third War Loan Drive has 
now exceeded its original goal by 
three billion dollars. The people of 
the United- States have already 
bought $18,000,000,000 worth of 
bonds. If these huge figures were 
equally divided among the 
130,000,000 men, women, and chil- 
dren of our country it would cost 
each one of them more than a hun- 
dred dollars. 

It is hard to realize how all this 
money was collected. Much of it 
was collected through banks and in- 
vestment agencies, but a greater 
part was lent by the average man 
on the street, the farmer, the in- 
dustrial worker — our own friends 
and family, and for them it was 
no easy job in these times of high 
cost of living and tremendous tax- 
es. To most of these people it was 
a very real sacrifice. What were 
they lending their money for? 
They were lending it so that the 
Army and Navy and all the ser- 
vicemen in them would have more 
and better tools and training to 
fight the war. All these people 
backing us did ev^n more than was 
asked of them. Doesn't that rate 
some extra exertion on our part ? 



The band is very much in need of 
trumpeteers and other brass in- 
strumentalists. If there are any 
players who wish to offer their 
services, report to Lt. Madison at 
Memorial Hall. The band is trying 
to do its best, but it is rather diffi- 
cult, since they do not have an 
adequate number for their tasks. 
They feel that a better job could be 
done because in this large person- 
nel there must be more musicians. 

♦ »» 

"Squadron B wants to thank 
Captain Congleton for the unique 
and efficient way in which he 
awakens them in the morning. It 
is so much more^ pleasant than to 
have the C.Q. bellowing through 
the halls." 

A{S Moreman Is 
Group Commander 

IThe new Aviation Student offi- 
cers assumed command of the De- 
tachment at Retreat parade Friday, 
October 8, 1943. AIS Robert M. 
Moreman, the new Group Comman- 
der, presented his squadrons to 
Capt. Congleton for the first time 
with the sounding of Retreat. 

A|S Howard G. Kelly assumes 
the duties of Group Adjutant and 
A|S Julius H. Fanney as Group 
Supply officer. The new Sergeant 
Major is Louis H. Grisoglio. All 
the new Group officers are former 
officers of Squadron E. 

Group Commander Moreman, 
who holds the rank of Sergeant, has 
been a member of the Armed For- 
ces for over three years and is no 
doubt well qualified for his new 
assignment. Adjutant Kelly, a Cor- 
poral, was 2nd in command of 
squadron E, and has been in the 
Ai-med Forces a year. He was pre- 
viously attached to the Air Corps 
in the Finance Dept. at Westover 
Field.' Supply officer Fanney was 
formerly Supply Sergeant of 
Squadron E. Sergeant Major Gris- 
oglio has been in the Army about 
a year and prevously attached with 
the Army Intelligence at Camp 
Ritchie, Maryland. 

A|S John Gayle will replace 
Group Commander Moreman as 
Commander of Squadron E. New 
Flight Leaders are A|S Robert 'C. 
Hendrickson, Donald H. Hathome, 
Jr., and Arthur L. Kennedy. A|S 
Alfred J. Malinoski became 2nd 
in Command, and A|S Harry Borg- 
lund assumed the duties of 1st 
Sergeant. The new guidon bearer 
is A|S Walter Pay and A|S John 
Fuller, new Supply Sergeant. 

The Detachment is assured of a 
capable Group Staff with the ascent 
of the new Aviation Student offi- 
cers, who will carry its guidon on 
to new victories and maintain the 
standards set forth by their prede- 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of TTie 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 

Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly, Public Relations Officers 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry De Marco 

News Editor Roger O'Connor 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Photographers Features 

Walter T. Fay Henry W. Lajoie John R. Heffernan 
Michael Hill George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood Stephen B. Curtis 

Harry T. Borglund Circulation Man. 

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views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 


We were inspired to write this article after receiving a 
visit from an army air pilot who has just returned from the 
South Pacific after fifty-eight engagements with the Japs. 
In one engagement he dropped five miles before pulling his 
rip-cord, which is still a record, and we asked him what his 
thoughts were when death seemed imminent. His revelation 
did not differ from those most of us have heard before as 
applying to the doughboy. His thoughts were of God. 

His experiences were indeed no exception but rather the 
rule, when any soldier advances so close to solving the mys- 
teries of life and death. Yes, men in the front lines do get 
down on their knees in supplication to the Supreme Being, 
for they find that all man and all his material works are hope- 
less in the approaching rendezvous with death. Spiritual 
strength is essential in a good soldier. The modem parable of 
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and the seagull should not be 
forgotten. In some of us religion is latent, in some it is pre- 
dominant, but from front line reports of this War, it is uni- 
versal. The fox hole, like the parachute, eliminates 
the atheist and the agnostic. 

Why then the need of our spiritual leaders or our weekly 
or daily practices of religion? Well, their teachings enable 
us to approach more perfectly that last rendezvous with a 
real sorrow for our sins and a prayer for forgiveness or help. 

The falling pilot or the fox-holed doughboy suddenly realiz- 
es the impotency of man-made things. That unobtrusive 
member of our armed forces in the training camps, the Chap- 
lain, grows in importance as the soldier nears the battlefront. 
He offers a solace that no other earthly being or thing can 
provide for the man in battle — hope for the hereafter. 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. What is meant by flying by 
the seat of the pants? 

jC|.iadoad SI s:)UBd sii{ jo :iBas b\\^ 
^suibSb sjagj at( sq^i asnea 
-3q 3[UBq JO q.|tq. apis ^njSu aq^ SBq 
aq ji iia:j ubo ^loijd y "JSa^-Suv 

2. A perfect landing, ten feet 
in the air followed by a fast and 
not too gentle contact with the 
ground can be described as which 
of the following. A) pancaking, B) 
a swoosh landing C) a dump land- 

•SuiJiBDUBji 'jaMsuy 

3. What does a pilot do when 
he "counts the insulators"? 

qdBjSaia? eq^t uo sjo^Binsui ^^■^ 
:^unoD 0% X'BAVitBa jo i^B^qSiq ■e jaAO 
qSnoua j&oi saty ajji -jaAvsu-y 

'4. What does a pilot do when 
he trims the houzin ? 

■^qSip ui 
diqs siq j[}0 sjaAai ajj, uaMsuv 

5. What is the difference be- 
tween an aeronaut and an aviator? 

•qq.oq JO sauBjd jo ^jbjd JiB-UBq^ 
-ja:).q3il jaq^ta saig q.n'BuojaB uy 
•sauBid saiy jo^bia'B uy -jaMSuy 

6. When a pilot's engine fails 
at 2000 feet which of these rules 
should he follow first. A) lower 
the nose of the ship to keep up 
speed. B) look for the cause of the 
trouble C) look for a spot to land 
D) bail out. 

•paads dn d33y[ 0() diqs 
aq^ JO asou aq:) jaM.oq uaAiisuy 

7. What trick of ballet dancers 
is used by pilots to avoid getting 
dizzy in fast spins? 

-njOAaj qoBa 3uunp a^qissod sb Suo\ 
ffB joj uozijoq aq:; uo :(Dafqo auo 
uo aXa aq:) Suisnoo^ 'jaAVSuy 

8. What are the so called wakey 
wakey pills which are issued to 
members of bomber crews going 
out on long missions ? 

■qsiSSnis auiooaq uaui aq:) jib 
aq; ui sjnoq Suo| SuunQ 'seaupj 
-ajiBM a;Binuii;s iCaqx 'jaMSuy 

9. When completed the air 
force of 2 million which America is 
building will be larger than the 
combined aeronautical branches of 
all the fighting nations: A) two 
times B) thirteen times C) twenty- 
one times D) sixty times. 

"sauii; uaa^jtqxi 'JaAvsuy 

10. Are cannon fighting planes 
new to the present war? 

•JBM. ;sBi aq; ui ajBDS ncuis b uo 
pajij ajsM iJaqx 'oj^ 'jaAvsuy 

Continued on Page 3 


"I must go down to the seas again 
to the lonely se^ and the sky. 
And all I ask is a tall ship 
and a star to steer her by." 

— ^Masefield 
These famous lines state better 
than any other way the previous 
life of James Edward Yates. 

It all began at twelve years of 
age when he went to a friend's 
farm for a summer vacation. It was 
then he got his urge to travel, that 
incurable ailment called wander- 
lust. To raise money for a proposed 
youthful campaign he and some 
fellow enthusiasts "gigged" frogs 
at night. Gigging here is not a 
system of demerits, but a method 
of catching frogs for the purpose 
of extracting their legs for human 
consumption. This occupation 
brought the boys enough money to 
explore virtually every inch of 
Florida. The following summer at 
the venerable ' age of 13 Jim and 
his men decided on an expedition 
to the wilds of California. To make 
a long trail more heartbreaking the 
venture "burst" in Arkansas. After 
washing dishes for meals, and con- 
vincing an old gentleman of their 
stranded situation, the party weari 
ly threaded its way back to home: 
tired, cold, hungry, and temporarily 

Jims next longing to get on the 
move came three years later when 
he suddenly announced his inten- 
tion of joining the Navy. It was the 
spring of 1941 and he had just 
turned 17 with about two more 
years to go in high school. The 
Navy idea for various reasons gave 
way to the Merchant Marines and 
with salt water aspirations he set 
out to find a ship. It was not long 
before Jim found a vacancy and 
by reprinting his birth certificate 
w'th ink eradicator and lemon 
juice he managed to convince the 
skipper of his age, but it was 
through some fast and" inspired 
talking he made known his un- 
presidented seamanship ability. 
Perhaps the captain winked an 
experienced eye at the first mate; 
at any rate when the troop trans- 
port "Irwin" steamed out of the 
harbor Jim Yates was one of the 
hands. There followed an exciting 
three week maiden vov^ge. "I spent 
the 4th of July in one of the 
worst storms I ever want to be 
in", was Jim's description of the 
first memorable event. "It was one 
Continued on Page J- 




by A|S Louis 
With all the world embittered in 
a ghastly struggle for freedom, A- 
merica still has time for its main 
topic — Sport. The indomitable Yan- 
kees have again taken the Ameri- 
can League pennant and in the 
National League, the Cards also 
repeated. Great names such as Joe 
DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Hank 
Greenberg and a host of others are 
missing and have taken on different 
uniforms. The game misses them 
and we miss them, but we know 
they have answered their call, and 
what ever their job, they will play 
it manfully. At this period, three 
World Series games have been 
played. The results show the Yanks 
have won 2 and the Cards 1. Bat- 
teries for the games were as fol- 
lows: In the 1st game for the 
Yanks, Chandler and Dickey vs 
Lanier and Cooper — Winning pitch- 
er Chandler, losing pitcher Lanier. 
Second game: Lanier pitching. 
Cooper catching, vs Bonham pitch- 
ing and Dickey catching — Winning 

pitcher Cooper, losing pitcher Bon 

A. Grisoglio 

ham. Third game found Borowy pit- 
ching and Dickey catching for the 
Americans with Brazle and Cooper 
batteries for the National League. 
Scores for the three games were: 
Yanks 4, Cards 2, Cards 4, Yanks 3, 
Yanks 6, Cards 2. 

So with the playing of the World 
Series games, another sport, al- 
most as great as baseball, the cur- 
tain rises on football. The War has 
also taken its toll of great football 
players. These men, great football 
players in their day, have been in 
combat missions. Don Scott, Ohio 
State, killed in action. Pop Scholl, 
Cornell, missing in action, Tommy 
Lohr, Brown, prisoner of Japan, 
Continued on Page A 

Test Your I. Q. 

Continued from Page 2 

11. Whart is the difference be- 
tween a stick and a salvo of 
bombs ? 

•dnojS B UT jai{:}83o^ nv paddo.ip ai-e 
squioq 'squioq „oax-bs„ b uj -auji b ui 
a8q:}ou-B aaq.jB auo psddoJtp squioq 
jo s^sisuoo „3ioi^s„ V 'JSjasuv 

Chow Hall 

The old adage that an Army 
travels on its stomach is a well 
accepted axiom. Here at Mass. 
State, our detachments gets what 
is probably the finest array of food 
served to any people in the uni- 
verse today. 

Here at Mass. State we have 
suffered no inconvenience of lack 
of food so vital to our health need. 
We admit that other sections of 
the Armed Forces and some civi- 
lians have had no shortage of them 
either; but we don't think that they 
get them in such quantities and 
qualities as the 58th C.T.D. 

The greens and fruits we con- 
sume have probably been taken 
from the fields right here at the 
college a matter of only a few 
hours prior to their appearance on 
the table. This eliminates the prob- 
lem of shipping greens and other 
perishables to remote Army posts 
and therefore we have on hand at 
all times a supply of fresh grown 

Mass. State also maintains its 
own canneries. Fruits and vege- 
tables are canned regularly for 
out-of-season uses. All these con- 
veniences should make us realize 
just how fortunate we are to be 
stationed on a post that is so ably 

Mass. State also maintains its 
own dairy system. The fine fresh 
milk, ice cream, and butter are all 
products made by the college de- 

These fresh wholesome ingredi- 
ents as cooked by the culinary ex- 
perts of our civilian operated chow 
hall makes us the recipients of 
the finest menu presented to any 
branch of the Armed Forces. 

U. S. Treasury Departmtnt 

Biographies ^ 

Continued from Page 2 
of those Tropical Hurricanes that 
come out of no where in less time 
than that. We had to secure the 
lashings on the lifeboats and other 
moveable objects. While I was do- 
ing this, and, incidentally, enjoying 
the storm tremendously, the boat 
took a terrific dive and a whole 
mountain range of water crashed 
down on us. My precarious position 
gave way to the water and I would 
have surely been washed overboard 
if it were not that my foot caught 
in some gear and the grip I man- 
aged to find, for some unknown 
reason didn't slip. I was pretty 
well dazed but it was a thrill I'll 
never forget." 

The "Irwin" was bound for Pan- 

Dearly Beloved 

The other day when we picked 
up our favorite morning newspaper, 
we experienced the greatest shock 
of our lives. There, lying face down 
in a pool, of — — onion soup, was 
that dearly beloved old lady, Mrs. 

In this small way we the boys 
of the 58th C.T.D. wish to pay tri- 
bute to her passing. She was per- 
haps the sweetest and the dearest 
Dick Tracy character outshining 
her predecessors, the Mole, B.B. 
Eyes, the Blank, "88" Keyes, and 
her benevolent husband, Mr. Prune- 
face, who was done in through the 
vicious doings of a wire-haired ter- 

Day after day, with baited breath, 
we would rush to the newsboy, 
fling a nickel to him, and thumb 
through the pages eagerly, expect- 
antly, to determine who the won- 
derful soul had battered to a pulp 
that day.- 

Perhaps her most outstanding 
characteristic was initiative. Some 
people would have just pounded 
their victims ever so lightly, but 
"Prunie" always had that stick-to 
it-veness that made her come out 
of it all with flying colors — ^bloody, 
gory, red. 

Ah, Mrs. Pruneface, why did 
you listen to the Mayor's sweet, 
gourmandish talk? (Why the heck 
am I writing this ? ) 

As a parting gesture, we would 
like two representatives from our 
Detachment to apply for an emer- 
gency furlough, in order to view 
her last earthly remains, when she 
is laid, (oh! how my heart cries 
out!) in the cold, hard earth, never 
again to perform nefarious deeds 
in technicolor. Sir, could it not be 

And there she -rests among the 
immortals, a blooming bush of 

ama with a thousand troops and 
assorted cargo. When it reached 
the Isthmus and the return trip 
was about to get under way a 
mutiny broke out among the crew. 
After a brief period of flashing 
knives and flailing fists the mis- 
creants were subdued and several 
were put in irons. The passengers 
on the return trip were a select 
group of people who had become 
crazed from the sun. The course 
back gave Yates a broad scope of 
the Carabian, touching at Cuba, 
Puerto Rico, and then to Miami 
Continued on Page 4 



Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre: 

SATURDAY: "Watch- on the 
Rhine" with Bette Davis and 
Paul Lukas. 

SUNDAY: "Appointment in Ber- 
lin" with George Sanders and 
Marguerite Chapman. 
Calvin Theatre, Northampton 

Proudly We Hail", with Veron- 
ica Lake, Claudette Colbert, 
and Paulette Goddard. 
Academy of Music, Northampton: 

SATURDAY: "Hi Diddle Diddle" 
with Martha Scott and Dennis 
O'Keefe, and "False Faces", 
with William Henry. 

SUNDAY: "One Dangerous 
Night", with Warren William 
and Marguerite Chapman. 

Amherst U.S.O. 

The U.S.O. branch in Amherst 
invites service men to entertain 
their friends, wives and guests 
at the house and to enjoy the 
ample facilities for relaxation 
and pleasure. 

Northampton U.S.O. 
The Saturday night dance at Y. 
M.C.A. headquarters will again 
feature the WAVES. The added 
attraction -this time is a seven- 
teen-piece orchestra. Refresh- 
ments are provided. 
On Sunday there will be the us- 
ual open house. 

On the Campus 

The old M.S.C. Campus remains 
'sedate and peaceful except for 
a movie which will be shown in 
(Thatcher Hall at 1900 Saturday. 


Continued from Page i 
George Walon, U. North Carolina, 
missing in action. There are a lot 
more whom we will never hear a- 
bout, it is for men such as these 
that football is being played for 
this year. 

'Beside the great football teams 
now, there are also many service 
teams who have quite an array of 
stars. So skidding through the na- 
tion teams who we think will catch 
the nations eyes are: Michigan, 
Notre Dame, Minnesota, Great 
Lake Naval Training Station, Iowa 
Sea Hawks, Penn, Dartmouth, Ar- 
my, Navy, Ga. Tech. The two big 
games for this Saturday seem to be 
Notre Dame vs Michigan and Penn. 
vs. Dartmouth. These two games 
seem to be toss ups, so with our 
necks out and an axe ready to fall 
on it we pick Michigan to beat No- 
tre Dame and Penn. to nose out 

An Apple For The 
Teacher --- 

After a futile verbal battle with 
our news reporter Dr. William 
Ross, eminent Physics professor, 
finally agreed to give the afore 
mentioned persistant reporter a 
few moments of his (Dr. Ross') 
precious time for a nutshell inter- 
view of his illustrious life. 

Dr. Ross is a native of Philadel- 
phia, and after graduating from 
Northeast High School in Philly, 
attended U. of Pennsylvania. To 
use the good Doctor's own words, 
"I could only stand six months 
there" and he consequently trans- 
ferred to Amherst College from 
which he graduated in 1929 with 
a B.A. degree. He attained his 
M. A. degree from Amherst in 
1930, and in 1934 received his 
Ph. D. from Yale. 

We of the Army Air Corps seri- 
ously appreciate Dr. Ross' attitude 
towards our classes. He related to 
our correspondent that he doesn't 
mind our men sleeping in the 1:00 
to 2:00 class — as long as they are 
wide awake while doing it. 

In answer to the question of 
whether he prefers Army or regu- 
lar student class he stated, and 
again we quote, "I have always 
enjoyed the Army classes as much 
as the regular students." 

TAKE OFF takes great pride in 
offering these scraps of Dr. Ross' 
past and present, as he claimed it 
is the first time that he has con- 
sented to give information about 
his happy bachelor life. 

Dr. Ross is one of the most popu- 
lar and well liked professors of 
the Army Program. His lectures 
are never in the least dull, and, if 
necessary to liven the classes up 
he will give an exhibition hand 
spring or two. 

Following are some antics of 
Dr. Ross' lighter life. If he has a 
serious mood we have never seen 
it. At a P.T.A. meeting one eve- 
ning he obliged by doing exhibition 
head stands. Another time in a 
faculty play he portrayed an Eng- 
lish butler. The prize antic of all 
is the Ballet Dance he did with 
five other "idiots" (Dr. Ross' own 
term) on the Stockbridge Hall 
Platform to raise money for an 
athletic fund. 

He spends his spare time (what- 
ever there is) participating in his 
hobles, bicycling and the graceful 
art of tumbling. That he is pro- 
ficient in, this art can be proved 
by his classroom demonstrations 

Melting Pot 

Upon making bedcheck next 
time, what P. P. Cpl. will try hard 
not to get in the "jam" and not to 
kick the baskets around? Noisy, 
wasn't he ? 

AjS Robert Harbeson wasn't a 
bit nervous at his wedding last 
Saturday. His shoes weren't mates 
and the best man had to prompt 
the "I do" from his-Reluctant 

Floor-walker Haines, I mean Su- 
perintendent, still doesn't know for 
sure whether or not those were 
roller skates he heard in the hall — 
s'matter Rusty, too many "cokes"? 

Seen at the coke machine in 
Thatcher— A Sqdn "B" man feed- 
ing nickel after nickel without re- 
moving the "cokes" — looking for 
the jackpot "mister"? 

A|S Mike Hill has been having a 
private showing of his celluloid 
etchings: Woo! Woo! We are all 
"etching" to see 'em Mike. 

A|S Grisoglio — don't you think 
yellow silk pajamas is carrying 
wishful thinking a bit too far ? 

John (Gummer) Kelly needs a 
teething ring, boys — ^the "Drill'n 
Pullers, Inc." at Westover gave 
him the teeth — Are we to be out- 
done ? 

A|S H. Miller of Sqd. A, we 
have a question. Do blondes always 
go with T.S. slips ? 

'We understand porpoise Munk 
likes the water, especially when 
nobody will let him out. 

Speaking of children, and we 
weren't, has your latest flame lost 
all her baby teeth yet? Speaking 
of AjS Domyansic, and everybody 
is, cheer up Lou she gets older 

Lt. Kelly has invented the lastest 
football classic. The Daily Dust 
Bowl. Members of Lewis Hall have 
received mimeographed invitations 
to the Saturday frolic. 

"Fatorappi" Novak is the Phy- 
sics brain of Section 96. We under- 
stand he discovered a new law to 
outlaw Physics. 

» » » 

And How! 

Teacher — "Every one of God's 
creatures is here for a useful psr- 
pose. Now what do we learn from 
the mosquito, Willie?" 

Willie — "We learn from the mos- 
quito how easy it is to get stung." 

of "center of gravity". He takes 
great pride in his delapitated old 
cycle and beams with pride at its 
mention. He claims his record for 
a days travelling is 100 miles. 


Continued from Page 3 

and finally Charleston, South Caro- 

One week ashor-e was more than 
enough for our salty friend, and 
he again turned to the sea. This 
time he landed a berth on the "City 
of Birmingham", a passenger ship 
plying between Jim's home town 
of Savannah, and Nova Scotia, with 
stops along the way at Philad^l- 
phia. New York, Boston, and Cana- 
dian ports. Each run took from 17 
to 20 days. A series of these trips 
comprised Yates' life for the next 
three months. Besides fulfilling 
his regular duties, he learned to 
steer the ship, was made a first 
class painter, became a close friend 
f the Captain who later persuad- 
ed him to complete his education, 
wrote love letters for some of his 
less articulate shipmates, and he 
even became a friend of the B'sun, 
the naval equivalent of the Army's 
"Top Kick". The men all called 
Yates "The Kid", and made him 
one of them, a member of the en- 
vied brotherhood who go down to 
the sea in ships. It was the respect 
and friendship of these men Jim 
took with him when he went down 
the gangplank for the last time, 
and turned his steps toward home 
and school. 

This story of A|S Yates' back- 
ground covers more than the space 
usually required to tell the more 
prosaic stories of his less travelled 
colleagues. The remainder of the 
story will therefore be continued 
in this column next week. 

The Nickel Serenade 

In days of yore the call any rags, 
any bones, any bottles today, was 
heard and answered. In this era 
of wine, women and war, the call 
is "Jias anybody got any nickels". 
When one asks such a question 
the answer usually is, "I saw one 
last week", or "silly boy", or "may- 
haps go visit the Chaplain". 

Running gayfuUy up the lane to 
our "little heaven on earth" other- 
wise known as Thatcher Hall, but 
always keeping our good eye out 
for Cpl. Robbins, I decend to our 
cozy little den where the cokes are, 
as quickly as my ''Buster Brown" 
shoes will allow. Emptying my 
pockets of tops, yo yo's and dead 
frogs I find to my dismay no silver 
stuff. Falling to the floor in a 
miserable heap, my sobs are heard 
and answered. 






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Vol. I No. 32 


Subscription Free 

Smith Canteen 

(Week-end Hit 
The civilian students at Smith 
College have added a special pro- 

1 gram to their already extensive 
social functions providing for the 
entei-tainment of men in the Ser- 
vice. Every Saturday evening the 
Smith Canteen is open to men in 
uniform for dancing, and general 
f rolicing. In order that the element 
of monotony be eliminated for all 

( concerned, a rotary system has been 
introduced, by which invitations are 
sent out to different girls each 
successive week. Thus, boasting a 
new group of lovelies' at every 

; Canteen get-together. An enjoyable 
time is insured for all who aspire 
to take advantage of the favorable 

Although dancing entertainment 
is the primary aim of the pro- 
gram, nevertheless during the 
course of the evening a short per- 
formance, conducted along the lines 
of an improvised stage show and 
musicale, will be given, starring 
talented Smith debbies. 

Last Saturday evening the cur- 
tain was raised on seven young 

I, ladies singing harmonious old 
ditties and popular "jive". This 
was followed by a tap dancing 
number performed in true chorine 
fashion, a singing solo and a 
Continue on Page 3 
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Further Information 
On Beauty Contest 

Men who do not have dates but 
would like them can get them 
through the Detachment Dating 
Bureau (Nfewly Organized). There 
will be an announcement made as 
to further particulars. The height 
of each man is to be considered so 
a pleasing match can be made for 
each party. Men who are interested 
leave their names with the editor 
of the Take Off. Don't forget the 
pictures. There will be five queens 

' chosen before the night of the 
ball, one from each squadron. Bring 
all pictures to the Take Oflf office. 

1 The deadline is Monday, Oct. 25. 

Flying Fortress [Hdq. Announces Honor 

System At 58th C. T. D. 

Capt. Congleton 
Addresses A|S's 

iNot news you say? Well, broth- 
er, if you had waited as long as 
these boys to fly and a Flying 
Fortress landed in the early morn- 
ing mists at your very feet, it 
would be news. 

We saw the "Fort" circling the 
field as we were riding in on the 
bus. The "ah's" and "oh's", were 
audible and frequent. Gone was the 
early morning lassitude brought on 
by 7 a.m. chow and a bus ride. The 
Hot Pilots were at last really a- 
wake. As we drove up to the ramp 
there it was, the ship of our 
dreams. The mist was swirling and 
eddying about its grotesque, but 
beautiful hugeness. Our training 
planes appeared as mere toys be- 
side its huge bulk. 

Later, after the officers and crew 
had alighted, we had a chance to 
see what the "Fort" really looked 
like. We went over it quite thor- 
oughly. Misters, it is really a beau^ 
tiful ship. Even the tail gunner had 
a fairly roomy position. This might 
be good to remember. 

One of the most surprising 
things about the crew was that 
there were two WACS aboard. 
They had a furlough and wanted 
a quick ride home. They got it. One 
of the officers aboard had been at 
Pearl Harbor on that day of in- 
famy we all remember. He has_ 
really seen a lot of this scrape. Of 
course, it is impossible for us to 
tell anything about the Fort, its 
crew, destination, time of arrival 
here or anything like that, but it 
was an intensly interesting thing 
to be able to talk to some of the 
men who had earned their wings. 

Believe me fellows that contact 
with those men who have what we 
seek has convinced those who were 
with me and myself of a lot. These 
lessons we get here are important 
— -you should see that instrumental 
panel! If you think we don't need 
all this P.T. you should have tried 
to move those controls. The Pilot 
actually told us that a good strong 
man could "lift" a Portress off the 
ground faster than a weaker one. 
This would come in mighty handy 
Conthuud m Psgt 4 

Gala Event Arrives 

With U. S. 0. 

Once again the United Service 
Organization has presented a suc- 
cessful show at the 58th C.T.D. at 
Mass. State College. It was as 
as uteual presented at Stockbridge 
Hall, before a huge gathering of 
Air Students and a noticably large 
number of campus folk. 

Presenting the show and acting, 
as Master of Ceremonies was hi- 
larious Lee Wyler, a veteran of 
over a year with the U.S.O. 
Troupes. First on the list of the 
fine program was Lou Appareti of 
Boston, who offered assorted ren- 
ditions of all types of music from 
the classical, to the Boogie Woogie. 
Lou also played a medley of old 
familiar tunes in which the audi- 
ence joined in with the words and 
made it a fine old community sing. 

Sandy Lyle, a wizard of balanle, 
provided a fast juggling act, which 
held the student body in awe, as 
he performed miraculous feats of 
precision and coordination. Sandy 
at one time wes regarded the 
worlds fastest stepping vaudeville 
act. He gave evidence of this, even 
at his age today, by the rapid 
footwork during his act. When ap- 
proached and asked how many 
years he spent in vaudeville, his 
only reply was, "A long time"'. 
Sandy's home is in Detroit, Michi- 
gan and has spent a year and a 
half with the U.S.O. 

The glamorous and vivacious Sue 
Chrysler fascinated the assembljr- 
with her charm and appeal. She 
sang "Nobody Ever Makes a Pass 
at Me" and why we can't under- 
stand. Sgt. Verelli assisted (?) in 
the offering of "Put Your Arms 
Around Me, Baby" and was the en- 
vy of the entire gathering as Miss 
Chrysler serenaded and caressed 
his blushing countenance. Miss 

In an address to the Army per- 
sonnel stationed at Massachusetts 
State College, Captain Richard J. 
Congleton, Commanding Officer, 
made known the inception of an 
honor system at this post, delineat- 
ing its purpose, function, and ap- 
plication. This system goes into 
effect Sunday, Oct. 24, 1943. 

The substance of the speech con- 
sisted primarily in explaining the 
Honor Code, which reads as fol- 
lows : 


1. The Honor System of the Avi- 
ation Students of the 58th CTD is 
based on the Code of Honor of 
Officers of the Army of the United 
States. It applies to all phases of 
the life of an Aviation Student and 
will guide the destiny of each in- 
dividual both as an Aviation Stu- 
dent and later as an Aviation Ca- 
det and Officer in the honorable 
profession of arms. 

2. Honor is that natural and in- 
herent standard of distinction of 
proper conduct in dealing with 
one's fellow-man, and is that quali- 
ty which is so essential to him who 
is, or intends to be, a leader of men 
in the profession of arms. 

3. The Honor System does not 

la. Cheating in any form — The 
giving or receiving of any informa- 
tion that will give one Aviation 
Student an unfair advantage over 

b. False Official Statements — 
Any statement, oral or written, 
made by an individual with the 
intent to deceive, or otherwise to 
convey or alter an untrue fact. This 
includes falsifying records or re- 
ports or taking undue advantage of 
a privilege. 

c. Quibbling^-Any attempt to im- 
part a false impression or to con- 

Continued on Page 4 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

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Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 
Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelley, Public Relations Officer 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry De Marco 

News Editor John R. Heffernan 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Fhoitographers Features 

Walter T. Fay Henry W. Lajoie Roger O'Connor 
Michael Hill George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood Stephen B. Curtis 

Art Robert W. Harman 

Harry T. Borglund Circulation Man. 

James Kakides Albert K. Harring Edward Dunn 
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views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 


The thing, that caused the capitulation of Germany in the 
last war, as we know from history, was the lack of morale 
among the civihan population which seeped into the German 
army and navy. It was more important, indeed, than bullets, 
for Germany has always contended that her armies were 
never defeated in the field of battle in the first World War. 

We have noticed that the Italian soldier has lacked it from 
the beginning of the War, which has caused him to be a poor 
fighting soldier, and now we kncfW, after 'our boys landed in 
Sicily, that the civilian population had no taste for fighting 
America or her Allies. 

When the morale is high among a people or an army, as 
we observe it is with the Russians, British and Chinese, both 
civilian and fighting forces, they never surrender. That is, 
they may lose a battle for strategic purposes but never will 
lose a war. Like the Chinese, they may have but a cup of 
rice a day, but they fight on. 

Our officials in Washington being well aware of this human 
factor are governed in their international dealings by "How 
will it affect the morale of the enemy?" Perhaps the first 
crack in the German morale was occasioned by the democra- 
tic trial of the saboteurs, caught by Mr. Hoover and tried 
by the Attorney General. We have reason to believe from the 
recent utterances credited to Hitler that the morale of the 
German people is breaking down again. 

As our people as well as their armies are affected by morale, 
we must maintain a high level at all times. We must not re- 
peat some of the rumors circulated by fifth columnists which 
are aimed at the morale of the American people. The boys 
in the Service should be slow to complain of temporary dis- 

Coniinued on Page 4 

A|S Gloskey can't stand the coun- 
try atmosphere. He's slowly turn- 
ing equine. He is neighing already. 
Who Itnows what may be the next 

After 18 months in the Army, 
A|S Sgt. Jones was amazed to find 
out that the "hut" in "hut, tut, hee, 
hoah" came on the left foot. 

/After some coaching by a lovely 
member of the WAC A|S Fallon's 
salute is just too cute. 

A|S Captain Jeff McConnell may 
have thought the coeds in the 
audience at retreat parade were 
lovely, but it is customary to give 
eyes right when passing the re- 
viewing officer. 

A|S Harring, congratulations on 
your engagement announcement — 
with all due apology to you — A|S 
Gallagher is only the editor of the 
paper he does not write this col- 
umn — . 

'Virgil Buck: Cpl. Robbins has 
fed us a lot but never did he stand 
up in the mess hall and feed us 
Pie— the 58th C.T.D. students. 

A|S Haskins, of Bumpte-bump 
fame or infamy — takes awfully 
late showers doesn't he? 

To A!S H. Kelley— you're in the 
Army NOT the fire dept. 

What is this ugly rumor that 
has been blowing around, about 
A|S J. C. Gayles'bunk? 

We hear that A|S W. Gallagher 
was in. quite a "stew" over not 
getting a pass last week. 

Speaking of hearing things — 
wasn't it A|S Jedry who came in 
on a "wing and a prayer" Saturday 

To Sqdn. E: You can feel proud 

of the "Eager Beavers" in 101. 

They're still first — especially in 

Continued on Page 4 


Paratrooper At 58th 

Geronimo — then "off we go into 
the wild blue yonder" and it'll be 
mighty wild if that chute doesn't 
open. Talking to A|S Louis Pickett 
one of the two paratroopers in the 
58th and present member of Sqd. 
B; one would think that there was 
nothing to jumping from an air- 
plane high above the ground, but 
this correspondent finds that there 
is a lot more to it than meets the 

Lou's paratroop training began 
with twenty weeks of basic train- 
ing at Camp Blanding, Florida. 
Here, it was all physical condition- 
ing. "There wasn't such a thing as 
march," said Lou; "it was always 

His first stop after basic was 
Parachute School at Fort Benning, 
Georgia. For several weeks, the 
boys got 10 hours a day of physi- 
cal hardening. This was followed 
by a week of the next thing to the 
actual jump. 

The men got their prelude to 
the "Real McCoy" on 250 foot 
towers where the parachute is 
attached to a cable. The last few 
weeks before the jump are spent 
in learning to pack the chute and 
just general readying for th^t 
first "Hit the silk", call,. 

It takes a regular rigger 10 
minutes to pack a chute, but Lou 
claims it took him well up in the 
hours packing his first. "I don't 
believe there was a single rinkle 
in the thing," said Lou. "When you 
figure, you're the one that has to 
use it, you really pack that silk 
away carefully and correctly." 

The week before the big day, all 
the boys did was sweat and pray. 
"Every night of that week, you 
could see cigarettes burning on 
through the wee hours of the morn- 
ing," continued Lou. 

When the day for the first jump 
came and the men were in the 
plane and on the way up, Lou 
said his only wish was that he was ■ 
back home in Texas. "Some of the 
men were so nervous," said Lou, 
" that they had a cigarette in each 
hand." As the zero hour approach- 
ed, everyone put out his cigarette 
and had his last word with the good 
Lord. "The first time, I was jump- 
ing second, behind a little 5 footer" 
said Lou. (He is well over six 
feet himself). There are two lights 
which regulate the jumping; a red 
Contittutd on Pag* )> 




by A|S Louis A. Grisoglio 

\ Another week of football passes, 
with the three top rating teams, 
Notre Dame, Army, and Navy con- 
tinuing to stand out over the rest. 
Notre Dame rolled over Wisconsin 
in 50 to 0. Army trounced Columbia 
52 to 0, while Navy beat Penn. 
State 14 to 6. November 6, Army 
meets Notre Dame. This will un- 
doubtedly be the game of 1943. 
We hope Bertelli can withstand the 
pressure of the Marine Corp., for 
this game, because he signifies vic- 
tory or defeat. At Ithaca, New 
York, the Big Eed of Cornell in a 
, heavy downpour beat Holy Cross 
; by a score of 20 to 7. Alto Graham, 
our top choice for All-American 
honors this year, led a fine North- 
western team to topple Great Lakes 
13 to 0. Illinois in a fall scoring 
contest, beat the Panthers of Pitts- 
burg 33 to 25. The U. on Pennsyl- 
vania had quite a picnic when they 
beat the Lakehurst Naval Training 
Station 74 to 0. At this date of the 
season We would like to prophecy 
whom we think will make All A- 
merican this year. The backfield 
men — Graham of Northwestern; 
Daley of Michigan; Davis of Army; 
Bertelli of Notre Dame. In the 
line at end. Bob Gnatt from Duke; 
tackles: Connar of Holy Cross and 
Pregulman of Michigan. The other 
positions seemed to be open for 
the best. Running across the coun- 
try, the following scores were no- 
ticed last Saturday. Minnesota 13, 
Camp Grant 7. Rochester in an up- 

set beat Colgate 14 to 6. Purdue 
took Ohio State 20 to 7. Iowa State 
27, Nebraska 6. Duke 14, North 
Carolina 7. Texas 24, Arkansas 0. 
Texas A. M. 13, Texas Christian 
0. So again we look into our cry- 
stal ball and pick 10 winners (we 
hope). Army to remain undefeated 
and roll over Yale; Temple to 
beat Budnell, Holy Cross to come 
back and beat Colgate, Cornell to 
beat Princeton, Penn. to take Co- 
lumbia, Navy to beat Georgia Tech. 
in a close one, Notre Dame to romp 
over Illinois (5 touchdowns) In- 
diana to take Wisconsin, Purdue to 
beat Iowa, Northwestern to beat 
Ohio State. 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. Is the spinner on an airplane 
the same as the propeller? 

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3q^ asAO joi^oayap puiAi padBiis euoD 
eq:} st jauutds aqj, 'o^ uamsuv 

2. What are pants on an air^ 
plane ? 

Suipu-Bi punojB sj;oq.39gap pum 
aut[uiB9j[:js eaB s:(ubj ■.isalsuv 

3. What is a gold fish bowl ? 

•jcaquioq b jo asou aq^ uo 
:).no s:).ts ^•eqi :^^^ unS aq:t .loj 
auiBU jBpdod aqq^ si y •jamsuy 

4. Which of the following parts 
of Jap planes have American pilots 
been cuting in half to use as bath 

tubs? (a) the nacelles, (b) the 
belly tanks, (c) the gold fish 
bowls, (d) the engine cowlings. 

-aZ JO si[UB} ^iiaq aqx -.laAVSuv 

5. WTiat is the jump seat on a 
transport plane ? 

•■^i m ^is sao 
-AJasqo .10 s;o[id aDijua.iddB 's:(Bas 
s;oitd-OD aqi pue s;o[!d aq^ uaaMCj 
-aq :;'Bas pa3utq [[buis y -.laAvsuv 

6. Where would you find the hat 
box on a airplane ? 

•p3;DBj;3.X ajB SXV33 SuipUBl 

qoiqAi o:;ut sjiaAViaaqM. aq; aoj jbi 
-noeuaA si xoq j^q aqx MaAVSuy 

7. When an airplane mechanic 
speaks of the plumbing of a bomb- 
er what does he refer to ? 

•auBi;d.itB aqq. jo :v.iEd Jiuv o% 
.lie J.0 'ja^BAi 'iio sau.ii30 ^Bq; aui[ 
adid Aav o; sjajaj ajj -aaMsuy 

S. Which of the following are 
placed on the exhaust pipe of 
night flying military aircraft to 
hide the glow? (a) exhaust stacks, 
(b) black paint, (c) exhaust corks, 
(d) exhaust screens. 

•suaa.Tos isnBqxg 'jaAtsuy 

Answers on pi^re 4 

United We Sing 

Massachusetts State College cam- 
pus is alive with song these days. 
It rings out from the ranks of the 
marching Aviation Students and 
reverberates from the walls of the 
"Old Chapel", to float out over the 
quiescent pond, then falling on the 
welcome ears of all within hearing. 

Usually the songs we sing are 
humorous little ditties, most of 
them being standard Air Corps 
songs. At times, however, a plain- 
tive note of home, memories of 
days in peace time fill our crowded 
pensive hearts. We quickly shake 
them off, grit our teeth, fill our 
proud chests with snappy air and 
our hearts are enlightened by the 
chant of song. 

Yes, song does something to the 
stout hearts of men. It may raise 
their spirits to sublimity, or inun- 


Continued from Page 2 
first, followed by a green. The 
jump is made on the green. "The 
little fellow jumped too soon and 
as he did he shouted "no" over his 
shoulder to me; but in the e.xcite- 
ment of the moment, I thought he 
said 'go', so I went. When jny 
chute opened, I couldn't find the 
ground. I was upside down with 
my feet tangled up in the lines.'* 
"When I recovered my senses I 
found, much to my surprise that 
I was the only one floating down," 
continued the Texan. "It wasnl 
until I landed that I found out the" 
signal to jump hadn't been given 

Lou made seven jumps while at 
Parachute School. He then trans- 
ferred to Camp McCall, North 
Carolina where he received his 
tactical training. Lou attended com- 
munication school prior to this anrf 
was Communication Sergeant of 
his outfit. 

Continued Next Week 

Smith Canteen 

Continued from Page 1 
piano solo. However, the highlight 
of the evening, for, the M.S.C. 
Aviation Students present, came 
when all joined in the singing of 
their Alma Mater song "Army Air 

If this performance is an ex- 
ample of what is to follow, the 
Smith Canteen can be assured of 
the fact that it will be a popular 
week-end attraction. 

date their spirits with the waters of 

Have you ever listened to our 
National Anthem without feeling 
that sense of smallness, that some- 
thing is bigger than you are? 
Nothing brings common man closer 
to his fellow men than song. Some 
men speak of it as "the voice of 
the soul", certainly a happy soul, 
is a soul filled with song. 

Since time immemorial soldiers 
have gone into battle singing 
chants and songs of heroism, they 
sang to instill courage in tremb- 
ling hearts, to forget the danger, 
before them. 

Today, of course, soldiers go into, 
battle without song on their lips,- 
as they did in the last war. Our 
fast mechanized war allows no. 
time for battle song, wh'le pre- 
paring for the storm. Our songa. 
must be in each individual heart. 

Singing in groups, is part of, 
our battle training. When our day 
of battle comes, we will know that 
our niuted song is in some way in-- 
termingled with the songs in a 
thousand other hearts. Knowing 
this we will have fortitude, firm- 
ness and courage, with the regular 
American spark of tenacity thrown, 
in. When we are alone we shall 
remember these songs. Alone — how 
can we be alone when we are iTnited 
in song? 

"Such songs have power to quiet 

The restless pulse of care 

And come like the benediction 

That follows after prayer". . 

Longfellow • 


Headquarters Announces 

Continued from Page I 
ceal a fact by using a technicality 
which, in itself, may be a true 

d. Acquiescence to a breach of 
honor — Any Aviation Student who 
is cognizant of a breach of honor 
and fails to report such a fact is 
equally responsible as the guilty 

Commenting further on the Hon- 
or Code Captain Congleton went on 
to. say that since all Aviation Stu- 
dents are candidates to be officers, 
they must maintain the highest 
calibra of honor possible, thus in- 
culcating in themselves a valuable 
asset for future combat duties. "A 
person dishonest here will be dis- 
honest in combat" and no one in 
squadron formation wants to be 
left unprotected. 

The purpose of the Aviation Stu- 
dent Military Honor Code is to in- 
still in all Students a sense of high 
moral standards and personal in- 
fegrity, those to be, develop by 
indoctrination, example, and en- 
vironment to such a state of effi- 
ciency that their word and signa- 
ture are binding and true and to 
provide a system, administered 
by Aviation Students, eliminating 
those unable to meet the standards 

The Aviation Student honor 
council at the 58th shall consist 
of the senior ranking Student Offi- 
cer, who shall be the honor council 
chairman, and two Aviation Stu- 
dents elected from each squadron. 
This System applies to honesty 
in academic work, to certification 
of official statements, and to theft. 
In any case not covered by the out- 
lined rules in which the honor or 
character of an Aviation Student, 
or the honor of the Detachment as 
a whole is in anyway involved, the 
Honor Committee shall consider 
the act as one reflecting upon the 
Honor Code and render its decision 

ffhe function ©f the Student Hon- 
or Council is to assume the respon- 
sibility of reception, distribution, 
and interpretation of the Honor 
code, and to hear all cases in- 
volving Honor and to decide the in- 
nocense or guilt of the persons 
concerned and forward decision to 
proper authority. 

It was further asserted that the 
Honor System is in no way to be 
confused with the maintenance of 
Military Discipline, or the Delin- 
quency System which has been in 
effect at this post for quite some 
tune. Roth are still in force. 

Church Services 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Service at 1030 Sunday. The 
Church's 65th Anniversary is being 
celebrated. Rev. Newell Booth from 
Africa will be the guest minister 
this Sunday. 
First Baptist Church 

Regular service at 1045, Sunday. 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Holy Communion at 0800; Morn- 
ing Prayer and Sermon at 1100 
St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions Saturday from 1600 
to 1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Masses Sunday at 0700, 0830, 1000 
and 1100. Aviation Students are 
requested to attend the 0830 Mass, 
if possible. 
First Congregational Church: 

Service at 1045 Sunday. 
Unity Unitarian Church: 

Service at 1030 Sunday. 
Hebrew Services: 

Conducted at 389 North Pleas- 
ant Street, 1400 Sunday. 
On the Campus: 

Services are held on the second 
floor of Memorial Hall at 0900. 
Vesper services will be conducted 
in Memorial Hall at 1700 Sunday. 
Dean Lynn Harold Hough will 

Melting Pot 

Continued from Page 2 

"chow" formations. 

A|S McCosker come down and 
get your nickle; we want to see if 
you can throw the bull on that. 

Calif ornian A|S Michael claims 
the Mass. thermometers wear over- 
coats — this is only October too 

A|S Poss, of Georgia; has the 
"blues" over the "cold" Mass. wea- 

A|S L. Kelly, that epitome of 
sartorial splendor, really likes a 
nap now and then doesn't he? 

A|S "Bugs" Grimes called for 
volunteers for a delicate assign- 
ment — He wishes to express 
thanks, and we meant it, to his 
many friends— ME TOO! 

A|S Hendrickson wasn't a bull in 
a china shop, but it is just as bad to 
carry a load into a record shop. 

A|S J. Haines pulls trickiest 
command of week — Section — Atten- 
hut! About face — i steps back- 
ward, march! 

History tells of the Polygmatic 
mormans and that Lochinvar of' 
ours seems to be no exception, Hi 

The Spirit of America 

Continued from page 2 
comfortures to their folks back 
home because of the bad effect it 
will have on the civilian population 
if such complaints are widespread 
and exaggerated. 

Morale is the keystone of a 
c'ountry or of an army, and each 
and everyone of us must always 
bear this in mind in every letter 
we write home and in our conver- 

The morale of the American peo- 
ple was high at the time of Valley 
Forge. Adversities or bad news 
seemingly strengthens the morale 
of we Americans. Inversely, there 
is a let-down in the fighting spirit 
when we believe we are "out front". 
Defeat, of course, is unthinkable 
to the people of the U. S. A. Such 
is the spirit of America, which may 
be the underlining reason for the 
country never having lost a war. 
Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Air Student 

Flying Fortress 

Continued from Page 1 
on a small field or a heavily laden 
ship. Now, last but not least, we 
saw what discipline means to the 
close co-ordination and cooperation 
of a good bomber crew. This holds 
for officers and enlisted men. 

Keep on the ball fellows and 
there's a Fortress for you too. 

Answers To Quiz 

FIRE AT No. 1! It's the Messer- 
schmitt Me. 210, used by the Nazis 
as a fighter-bomber or a long 
range escort plane. The low-wing 
ship has gun blisters on each side 
of the fuselage. The two engine 
nacelles extend ahead of the nose. 
Both edges of the vdngs taper to 
riounded tips. The edges of the tail- 
plane also taper to rounded tips 
and it has a single rudder and fin. 
NOT AT No. 2! It's Britain's lat- 
est single-seat fighter, the Hawker 
"Typhoon" IB, a swift, heavily- 
armed, single - engine, low-wing 
plane. Its wings have a thick center 
section and both edges taper to 
rounded tips. A large air scoop be- 
I'ow the nose gives a deep appear- 
ance to the engine. The edges of 
the tailplane taper to rounded tips 
and it has a single fin and rudder. 

Gala Event Arrives 

Continued from page 1 
Chrysler also sang that increasing- 
ly popular "Their Either too Young 
or Too Old". 

Miss Grace Mann, dancer extra- 
ordinary demonstrated her agile 
art and really displayed the talents 

Weekend Activities 


The Jones Library, located next 
to the First National Bank on 
Amity Street, is open Saturdays / 
until 2100, and on Sundays from 
1508' until 1800. All Aviation 
Students are welcome during 
these times, and also on Tues- 
days and Thursdays, during Open 

SATURDAY: Wallace Berry 
"Salute To The Marines" 
SUNDAY: "Holy Matrimony" 
(Monty Wooley and Gracie Fields. 
Lucielle Ball and Harry James 
and Orchestra. "Best Foot For- 
Iward" plus "Submarine Base" 
with Allen Baxter. 
"Destroyer" E. G. Robinson, 
Glenn Ford, Margurette Chap- 
man. "Duds are Pretty People" 
With John Carey and Jimmie 

Open House. No DanceScheduled. 

The Amherst U.S.O. offers again 
its well chosen facilities. 

Next Saturday afternoon Oct. 30, 
at 1415 on Dickinson Field in 
Amherst the annual "Booster 
iDay"- game between the well 
matched rivals, Amherst High 
and Northampton High, will take 
place. Service men are admitted 
free and are cordially invited 
by Amherst. Remember that is 
next Saturday. 
A movie will be shown to Avia- 
tion Students in Stockbridge Hall 
Saturday at 1900. Admission 

as a outstanding exponent of the 
"dancing age." Her poise and pre- 
cision was indeed a work of fine 
art. Miss Mann's striking figure 
as well as her talent added to her 

As in the case of the previous 
troupe, most members of the cast 
have relatives overseas. They were 
impressed by the fine exceptional 
type of men at the 58th and were 
greatly impressed by their fine 
response. Thp officers and men of 
the 58th wish one and all, the best 
of luck in their forth coming en- 

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Sports Program Weekend Activities jHonor CouncilOfficcrsElected 

Among the Aviation Students of 
the 58th there has been a demand 
for competitive sports. To meet 
this request a movement has been 
set up wherein inter Squadron bas- 
ketball is to be played. This of 
course is being done with the ap- 
proval and under the supervision 
of Headquarters, the Physical 
Training Dept. and a group of 
Aviation Students selected from 
each Sqd. The initiating of com- 
petitive sports at this post is to 
give some active recreation during 
open post period. 

To start the ball rolling Squadron 
C played Squadron D, with Sqd. E 
playing B, the following night. The 
competition between Sqd. teams was 
discouraged however, as it did not 
allow enough men to participate in 
the games. In its place, inter flight 
teams were organized and a sched- 
ule- set up by the Physical Ed- 
ucation personnel. By this method 
more men obtain the opportunity 
to play and arouse that spirit of 
competitive achievement among the 

Thus far, few games have been 
played, but the rivalry is keen and 
there is the prospect of many fast 
exciting games with the line-ups 
studded with former high school, 
college and professional stars. 

You fellows have been asking 
for this setup, so let's get behind 
it and play, or if you don't have 
that much ambition, let's give the 
players a little added incentive by 
coming out and give the men in 
your flight a cheer or two. 
Monday Night Games, Oct. 25, 1943 
Teams Scores 

A-3 19 

B-1 25 

Amherst Theatre: 

Dood It" Red Skelton and Elea- 
nor Powell. "Sky's The Limit" 
with Fred Astaire and Joan Les- 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
"Salute to the Marines" Wally 
Beery. Cartoons and Selected 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
SATURDAY: "Kansas" with Ri- 
chard Dix. "Redhead From Man- 
hattan" Lupe Velez. 
SUNDAY: "Girls Inc." Glen 
Gray and Orchestra and Leon 
Errol. "Scream in the Dark" with 
Jimmy Rogers. 

Northampton U.S.O 

Open house Saturday and Sunday 

Amherst U.S.O 

Service men in town are cordially 
invited to the Halloween dance 
scheduled to take place on Sat- 
urday night at the local U.S.O. 
center, from 8 — 12 p.m. A Com- 
mittee is busy carving out Jack- 
0-Lanterns and gathering corn 
stalks for the traditional decora- 
tions, and there will be specialty 
dances and fortune telling for 
diversion, refreshments, and a 
warm welcome. 

On the Campus: 
Halloween Dance Saturday at 
2000. Drill Hall. 









Tuesday Night Games, 

Oct. 26, 1943 
















Church Services 

First Baptist 

Regular service at 1045, Sunday. 
Grace Episcopal Church 

Holy Communion 0800. 

Morning Prayer and Sermon 
St. Brigid's Catholic Church 

Confessions Saturday from 1600 
to 1800 and from 1930 to 2100. 
Masses Sunday at 0700, 0830, 1000 
and 1100. 

Aviation Students are requested 
to attend the 0830 Mass, if possible. 
Wesley Methodist Church 

Service at 1030 Sunday. 
First Congregation Church 

Services at 1030. 
Hebrew Services 
1400 Sunday, 389 No. Pleasant St. 

We'll Be Back 

When General MacArthur left 
his men on Corregidor Island he 
said, "We'll be back". This phrase 
has been sort of a watchword with 
him and the men of the Army ever 
since. It is useless to go over the 
heroic story of the fall of Corregi- 
dor here, that we all know. Rather, 
let us look behind it and into the 
lives of one of the men left there 
and his family. 

The new contingents of men who 
come to the 58th CTD here at 
Mass. State are always of great 
interest to us "old timers". 

As new Squadron "C" marched 
by the other day I noticed, partic- 
ularly a little fellow in the very 
rear of the 2nd flight. His legs 
were really stretching to keep up 
with his fellow soldiers. On his 
face, a grim, determined expression 
so intense that I decided I would 
like to meet and talk with him. So, 
the other night I invaded his room 
on the second floor of Abbey and 
proceeded to interview him. His 
name is Sledge and he is just as 
resolved, firm, decided in his deter- 
mination as the name would sug- 
gest, for you see, his father is 
Colonel Sledge of the United States 
Army, captured on Corregidor by 
the Japs. 

Colonel Sledge is a real veteran 
of 36 years service in the United 
States Army. He entered the Army 
as a buck private and nine years 
later was commissioned a 2nd Lieu- 
tenant. He fought in the Philip- 
pines in the insurrection. During 
the World War of 1917-18 he was 
in the Tank Corps in the major 
battles of France. In this war he 
was stationed on Corregidor, a full 
Colonel. His last letter to his fami 
ly was written on a piece of paper 
bag, writing paper was scarce. 
Since Ms capture the "honorable" 
Jap has permitted one post card 
through to his family. 

To be the son of such a man 
would seem to be quite a full time 
job if he is going to be able to 

A|S Moreman 
Council Chairman 

Election of representatives to the 
AjS Honor Council have been com- 
pleted. As Group Commander, A|S 
Robert Moreman is Chairman of 
the Council. The other members of 
the- Council are: Sqd. A, Frank W. 
Hughes, James D. Condon; Sqd. 
E, Gordon P. Holder, Edward F. 
Groom; Sqd. D, Myrtus W. Maflfet, 
Fred D. Lyons; Sqd. C, James M. 
Powell and George F. Manning; 
Sqd. B, Laymond R. Petty and Al- 
bert E. Ress. A|S Ress was elected 
Secretary by the Council. 

The main function of the Coun- 
cil is to emphasize the importance 
and necessity of the Aviation Stu- 
dent Military Honor Code. A sec- 
ondary purpose is to hear all cases 
involving Honor and to determine 
the innocence or guilt of the per- 
sons concerned. 

All violations of the Honor Code 
are to be reported by any Aviation 
Student directly to a member of 
the Council, who shall convey the 
reports to the Chairman of Council 
for action. 

hold up a record somewhat com- 
parable to his fathers. Jimmie is 
5 ft. 4% inches of co-ordinated 
"Mickey Rooney" in a soldiers uni- 
form. He is 19 years old, a native 
of Florida by birth. He entered the 
Army three months ago and took 
his Basic training in Miami, Flori- 

His life has been a most enviable 
one and he has made the most of it. 
He left Florida at the age of 14 
on an Army troop transpo;-t and 
went with his father to the Philip- 
pines. He attended school there 
with the children of the Island. 
Among these were Japs, Germans, 
Filipinos, Dutch, English, and A- 
merican children. Fron there he 
went to Texas. While in High 
School there he participated in 
Continued on Page J 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th Ck)llege Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

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Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 

Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly, Public Relations Officer 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry De Marco 

News Editor John R. Heffeman 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Phortographers Features 

Walter T. Fay Henry W. Lajoie Roger O'Connor 
Michael HiU George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood 

Harry T. Borglund 

James Kakides Alhert K. Harring 

This is not a pubhcation of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

Stephen B. Curtis 
Robert W. Harman 
Circulation Man. 
Edward Dunn 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 


"From The Mountains To The Prairies, To 
The Oceans White With Foam, God Bless 
America Our Home Sweet Home" 

In these simple lines of verse, we have the core of Ameri- 
ca's spirit. 

First, we had the small town with the church and its clang- 
ing bells ; the meeting house where the weekly "fracas" was 
had by the men in the surrounding community, expressing 
their opinions in powerful, stentorian cones ; there was the in- 
evitable "Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch" who started 
her little candy store on some busy comer, which is now a 
main intersection and her store a soaring concern; always 
we have the man holding the purse strings of the town, who 
wandered into the general store now and then to draw the 
attention of the men gathered around the stove. 

All these people were the seeds of America, yes, they, were 
the masses, the rank and file. There were no religious differ- 
ences to retard their progress, for the simple reason that 
there was too much to be done: food to be gotten, clothes for 
their children to be had, fields to be ploughed, churches and 
stores to be constructed. All these tasks had to be done, yes, 
and they were done because the expediency of the situation 
required all absence of factional differences. 

Indeed, obscure Plymouth Rock the corner stone of our 
nation has grown to the skyscrapers of our large cosmopoli- 
tan cities. 

Many times we may have meditated on the size and signi- 
ficance of our country. The dynamic industries and peoples 

Thoughtful of A|S Gallagher to 
share both his fudge and etchings 
with the boys wasn't it. This etch- 
ing had everything, (except a 

A|S Fay & Co. went on a tear 
last Saturday night but, being 
good little boys at heart they end- 
ed up on the G. I. ball— Oh Cap- 
tain, my Captain. 

To A|S H. G. (for Gremlin) 
Kelly — This isn't my idea, (alone 
that is) but we are told that you 
can provide a reason for some 
animals eating their young. 

"Eagle" Beaver, A|S Dorset Of 
Sqdn. "A"— Tells of his many long 
jaunts as an Eagle Scout and at 
the age of 13 too. He makes fires 
with 2 sticks. In fact he's pretty 
hot right now! 

A|S De Marco romps playfully 
through the chow line with 4 play- 
mates and before they know it 
they were right back where they 
started — at the end! 

A|S Cassone: we hear you like 
the rear of the chow line too. 

Sleepiness on Sunday or Monday 
we can understand, but A|S Gayle, 
to be sleepy on Tuesday at noon — 
Didn't you sleep well Monday nite 
Johnnie ? - 

That Boy, A|S Boyle, new floor 
Supt. in Thatcher is going to come 
to a head one of these nites. 

A|S Doll — We have heard of "rob- 
bing the cradle but you have cer- 
tainly turned the tables by reach- 
ing from the cradle for that college 
store gigslip. 

A|S Haveral: Are you EVER 
wrong ? 

A|S "Dinky" Dunne is quite a 
cut-up when closeted isn't he? His 
favorite song is "Don't do it Dar- 


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Continuing the life history of 
AjS Louis Pickett, paratrooper ex- 
traordinary of Squadron B; Lou 
was transferred from Parachute 
School to Camp McCall, North Car- 
olina, where he received his tactical 

Here, he learned to jump at night 
and to jump with full pack which 
incidentally, among other things 
included 8 hand grenades, a jump 
knife, a trench knife, a machette, 
and a bottle of Dyanshine. "The 
last article," said Lou " is to make 
sure your shoes are shined after 
you land". The average weight of 
a paratrooper when he hita the 
silk, including his own weight, the 
weight of the chute, and his pack; 
is around 350 pounds. 

The only time Lou ran into any 
real trouble was on his thirteenth 
jump. His chute failed to open. "It 
seemed I'd never stop falling," said 
Lou, "then finally my auxiliary 
chute opened and the impact open- 
ed my big one also. Everything 
turned out all right, but I sure 
did figure that was my last." 

Lou also jumped with his outfit 
before President Roosevelt and 
Anthony Eden last April,' at an 
inspection of the entire camp. Gen- 
eral Henri Giraud, leader of the 
French forces in North Africa, paid 
the following compliment to the 
paratroopers of Camp McCall. 

"If I had 10 times the number 
of paratroopers like the ones at 
Camp McCall, I could win this 
war." Quite a compliment indeed. 
After having made 17 jumps and 
always riding in the plane, Lou 
decided he would like to become 
one of the "taxi-drivers" (as the 
Paratroopers call the pilots) and 
fly the planes. 

So, on August 1, 1943, Lou joined 
the cadets, and after 7 days in 
Miami Beach came up to the 58th 

A|S Jimmy Sledge is "mother" 
to F. Mickler as per his, (Mickler's 
mother) instructions and is doing 
a good job. 

What happened to that lovely 
curl in Sgt. Verelli's hair? Why, 
it is framed and adorning the walls 
of a 3rd floor Boudoir in Draper! 

Peggy Knight says, and we quote 

"A|S Bill Hain has the cutest legs 

Continued on Pag« 4 



by A|S Louis A. Grisoglio 

Notre Dame, Army, Navy the 
big three teams in the country 
continue on their way for the title 
of "Unbeaten and Untied teams ' 
of the year." Notre Dame ran . 
roughshod over Illinois 49 to 0. 
Army beat Yale 39 to 6 and Navy 
won impressively over Georgia 
Tech 20 to 14. Out in the Coast, 
Southern California probably 
clinched the Western part of the 
annual Rose Bowl game when they 
toppled Alonzo Stag's College of 
Pacific team 6 to 0. In the Notre 
Dame game a great spectacle was 
witnessed. In the fourth quarter, a 
.jersey bearing the number 42 and 
the colors Blue and Gold, left the 
game. The audience knew that this 
young man would never again don 
the colors of the "Fighting Irish" 
at South Bend, so they gave him 

one of the greatest ovations ever 
awarded a college player. His name 
Angelo Bei'telli. Next week Notre 
Dame plays Navy. It will be inter- 
esting to see which team, will 
still remain unbeaten on Saturday 
night. Army toyed with Yale all 
afternoon and came out on top 39 
to 7. Little Hal Hamburgh spear- 
heading the Navy attack ran all 
over the Rambling Wrecks of Geor- 
gia Tech 28 to 14. Penn. led by Joe 
Vane looked strong when they took 
Columbia 33 to 0. Michigan for the 
first time since many moons ago, 
took the little brown jug away 
from the Gophers of Minnesota 49 
to 6. Thomas Daly ex Minnesota 
star, ran over his ex-teamraates 
when he scored 3 touchdowns. So 
running throughout the country the 
following scores were noticed. Vill- 

Woe Is Us 

Getting out this paper is no picnic. 
If we print jokes, people will say 

we are silly. 
[f we don't, they say we are too 

If we stick close to the job all day. 
We should be out hunting up news. 
If we go out and try to hustle, 
We ought to be on the job in the 

If we don't print contributions. 
We don't appreciate genius. 
And if we do, the paper is filled 

with junk. 
If we make a change in the other 

fellow's write-up, 
We are too critical. 
If we don't we're asleep. 
If we clip things from other .papers. 
We are too lazy to write them 

If we don't we are stuck on our 

own stuff. 
Now, like as not, some guys will 

say we swiped 
This from a magazine. 
We did. 

anova defeated Lakehurst Naval 
Training Station 27 to 14. Colgate 
came back in the win column, 
trouncing Cornell 20 to 7. Purdue 
took Iowa very handily 28 to 7. 
Indiana took Wisconsin 34 to 0. 
Northwestern took the youthful O- 
hio State eleven, 13 to 0. The Mus- 
tangs of S.M.U. beat Tulane 12 
to 6. Texas U. set a new high in 
points scored on an opponenent in 
a conference when they took Rice 
58 to 0. Indiana led by All Ameri- 
ca Hoeinscheymer routed Wiscon- 
sin 34 to 0. L.S.U. won over the 
once mighty Bulldogs of Georgia 
34 to 6. 

So now we gaze into our crystal 
ball and here is what we see for 
next week. Notre Dame 30 to 7. 
Army over Penn. 13 to 7. Purdue 
over Wisconsin 20 to 0. Dartmouth 
over Yale. Texas over S. M. U. 
Northwestern over Minnesota. In- 
diana over Ohio State. Holy Cross 
over Temple. Cornell over Colum- 
bia. So. Calil: over Calif. Duke over 
Ga. Tech. 

We'll Be Back 

Catitinued from Page I 

basketball, swimming, track and 
football. He made the All South 
Texas Football team in the posi- 
tion of quarterback (calling signals 
from a fighter plane would here 
seen natural.) His High School has 
him listed on their all-time back- 
Not merely content with being an 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. Is the part of the plane to 
which pilots refer when they speak 
of a dead stick landing the: (3) 
engine, (b) control column (c) pro- 

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SI ;t 3ui[jii(AV pasB9o SBq %i as^jB. 
asnBoaq .lanedoad aqx aaMSuy 

2. Army Pilots refer to what 
Air Force members as high alti- 
tude bookkeepers? 

■s>ioEJ qiuoq 9\{% apjs 
SuoiB sqoC 3[sap ^v^% aAcq o\\t&. sKox\ 
9\\% 'saoiBSiAB^i aqx 'jaMsuy 

3. Aeronautically speaking what 
would you be doing if you were 
"feeding the baby"? 

•sbS ua3oj[pXi4 
JO sj9pu!ii5o aaB Suipaaj ui pasn 
saic^oq ai{x 'SuoonBq aSBOUBq Siq 
ano JO auo Sui^jBguj uaAvsuy 

4. What parts of warplanes are 
diapered ? 

jsdBip qipAv Suiqsiiod usm ajoui 
Sutti^ou St SuijadBiQ -s^jBd ssBi3 
uiBC(j93 puB s^q3ts uno -jajASuy . 

5. When a pursuit pilot talks of 
confirmens what does he mean? 

-J90 SB psssau^i/A. uaaq sBq tmv\ 
-3iaa:jS9p asoq.Yv ;squioo ui pauAvop 
sauBid Xuiaua asoxjx -jaMSuy 

6. Is a squirt to British pilots (a) 
an upstart flier, (b) a squirt at a 
"skirt" (c) a blast from a deicer 
(d) a burst of machine gun fire. 

un3 auiqoBiu jo ;sjnq y 'J9A\suy 

7. If a bombardier is a man who 
releases bombs what does a bom- 
phleteer release? 

"sasodand .lapuBS 
-Bdojtd JOj sc^a^qduiBj -aaMsuy 

8. When a paratrooper on le"aY* 
says he's "going to pack a chute"' 
what does he mean? 

•unj JO SutuaAS- 
UB JOJ :jno SuioS s,9h -jaAisuy 

9. What would a fighter pilot 
"playing pussy" aloft be doing? 
•j?xu9ua UB •s[Ye%s 10 apBAa o; jatj^ta 
spnop aq^ ut Suipijj uaAvsuy 

all round athlete, he won the "A- 
merican Legion Award in 8th grade 
and, later the award of the Nation- 
al Honor Society. In the years 
1935-37-39 he was selected as page 
boy in the Florida Legislature. 

Jimmie as late as 4 months be- 
fore Pearl Harbor was in the Phil- 
ippines again. He was all over the 
South Sea Islands and Panama. 
His has really been an exteng!v« 
Continued on Page 4 


Metlting Pot 

Continued from Page 2 
when his trousers are rolled up" — 
eareful Bill that isn't quite "G.I." 

Sqdn. A's Three Stooges: Esper, 
Cohen and Morish are really "Hot 
Pilots," (on the bus to and from 
the. airport) . 

A|S Fay: be brave, we are all 
behind you. We heartily tender our 
congratulations and best wishes to 
you and your Bride-to-be on your 
marriage this afternoon. 

A|S Broeske — Here it is, you 
asked for it. Nothing. 
■ A|S Webster "Minstrel" Mulligan 
has been plunking on his geetar. 
What's the score Web, are you 
going in for some high powered 


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Birth of a Nation 

Continued from Page 2 
within our broad borders, the meth- 
od .by which the country is segre- 
gfrted into states, states into coun- 
tries; how all these intricate divi- 
sicms are operated by our leaders 
■jn the capitols; all these thoughts 
have at some time entered our 
minds, but I daresay, have been 
ushered out without further ado. 

Well, briefly this set-up is oper- 
atiid by synchronization of every 
segment in the country working to- 
gether. From Bangor, Maine, to Mi- 
ami, Florida and across the Rockies 
to ^. Santa Barbara, California, men 
arid women still follow the pattern 
exemplified by Ben Franklin "We 
must all hang together, or most 
assuredly, we will all hang separ- 

So we, the pith of Democracy, 
must all pull the rope of victory 
in the same direction and disregard 
races, creeds, and dissension, there- 
fcy keeping this wonderful country 
■what it was meant to be, — free. 

Remember, "Light is the task, 
when many share the toil." 

A|S Walter F. Gallagher 

We'll Be Back 

Continued from Page } 
and broad education; Well it might 
be too, for he really wants to get 
af the Japs, and this will stand 
him in good stead when he hits the 
battle area. He is as typical a 
fighter pilot as we have ever seen. 
He's cocky but modest, touched 
with bashfulness. In fact, there is 
a blond on this campus he would 
love to meet but just can't. His 
room-mate is a fellow who played 
football against him when he was 
in High School. His life is cram- 
med with many such interesting 
things. He was named "James 


A|S Daniel Gooden i 

There's a little towheaded fellowi 
named Jim in my town, who is go-i 
ing to fight his first major battle: 
this Halloween night. He'll drape; 
himself in an old sheet, blackeni 
his face, and go forth to combati 
the goblins that rush forth from 
every darkened corner and tree- 
shaded land on this night of evil. 

He is on his own tonight, and 
has time to see the whole world. 
Well, until eight o'clock anyway. 
Yes, the whole world, that starts 
at latitude "home" and ends at 
longitude "Grandma's fireplace". 
He has his little jacl-o-lantern in 

Seamore" for a grandfather who 
was in turn named for a presiden- 
tial candidate in 1868. This I wasn't 
supposed to tell, but it is so typi- 
cally American, that to me, it was 

Jimmie, we welcome you to the 
58th. We are proud to have you 
and your heritage here. We just 
hope that when you open the gates 
in Taiwan that we are there to 
help you; — We are going back. 

Sweethearts Of 58th 

Pictured here are five sweet- 
learts of the 58th College Training 
Detachment. They are, reading 
clockwise, from left to right: Flor- 
ence Mullen, Barbara Collins, Nan- 
cy Butcher, Ethel Libby, and Mar- 
garet Ellen Burke. 

Miss Barbara Collins will be es- 
corted by A|S Richard Fischer. 
Miss Nancy Butcher of Richmond, 
Virginia, will be escorted by that 
southern gent, A|S John Gayle. 
Miss Ethel Libby will be accom- 
panied by A|S Karminars. Miss 
Florence Mullen of Virginia will 
be escorted by A|S William Har- 
wood. Miss Margaret Ellen Burke 
of Brookline, Mass., will be escorted 
by AjS Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

The girls are typical sweethearts 
of the 58th C.T.D. A final queen 
will be selected at the ball, but in 
the event that these girls are not 
present there will be many other 
attractive girls to choose from. 


one hand and a bag of very sticky 
orange and black gum-drops in 
the other. He won't admit it, but 
that pumpkin looks just a little 
too frightening out in the darkness. 
He won't turn back though, but will 
go straight on his course, destina- 
tion: Grandma's back door, follow- 
ed by a very loud and blood curd- 
ling "Boo". Yes, he'll go there, 
fighting all the way. 

A monstrous gargoyle, that 
might turn out to be Mr. Jones' 
long winter underwear flapping in, 
the breeze, will stop him for a 
moment. Hell's angels, in the form 
of dead leaves swishing beneath 
his feet, will drain the color from 
his cheek. He could give in when 
the devil himself falls toward him — 
(the boys back home knock that 
scarecrow over every Halloween) — 

ibut he won't. He'll complete his 
ijourney and end up in Grandma's 
ifavorite chair with the cat Rusty 
iin his lap. Maybe his mom will be 
ithere and they will talk about his 
iUncle Jim who is fighting too, this 
jHalloween night. His "witches" will 
icome screaming through the air 
land send his finger nails deep into 
,=his hands; Jim's gargoyles aren't 
"longies" but little wizened men 
aiming their guns at other tow 
heads from other home towns. His 
uncle's devils aren't falling leaves, 
but home sickness burning deep in- 
to the hearts of the little American 
boys, (who really aren't so little). 
These boys don't have any grinning 
pumpkin to .show them the path; 
they have, rather, what his mother 
called "a beacon of faith lighting 
the way to victory". 

He'll stay in the chair and then 
fall in to slumber, his battle of 
fear over. He'll feel proud that he 
braved the darkness just as his 
uncle does when he stands facing 
the enemy. They're both tired now, 
but they will fight on just the same, 
for they are both heroes, though in 
different fights. There are millions 
of little towheads fighting the bat- 
tle tonight. 




Vol. I No. 34 





Subscription Free 

IPost Exchange 
To Open Soon 

The 58th C.T.D. will soon open 
its own post excange, the result 
of determined activity on the part 
of Headquarters. Located in the 
basement of Abbey Hall, the PX will 
be complete in most of the usual 
details found in exchanges at lar- 
ger camps. Sufficient space has 
been made available to accomodate 
counters, shelves and the other nec- 
essary equipment. The PX, a 
branch of the unit at Westover 
Field, will stock a full line of cig- 
arettes, candy, soft drinks, and 
ice cream, as well as military sup- 
plies, socks, ties, etc. The PX will 
also have the constantly needed 
razor blades, shaving cream, tooth 
paste, scat, toothbrushes, etc. All 
of these will be sold at regular low 
PX prices. 

Living as he does on a small 
salary a Post Exchange is a very 
necessary adjunct to a soldier's life. 
The officers of the 58th C.T.D. 
have gone out of their way to make 
this facility available to the men 
on the campus. Transportation dif- 
ficulties and the distance of our 
Detachment from Westover Field 
being what they are, we can all 
realize that the delay in opening 
the PX is ample proof of the hours 
that were spent by the staff in ob- 
taining it for us. 

The store hours have not been 
announced yet, but they will be 
arranged to fit the times when the 
Aviation Students will most con- 
vieniently be able to get there. 


D" Wins 4th Ribbon 

Last Saturday's review saw 
■Squadron D take the winner's Ba.n- 
ner for the fourth consecutive time. 
!This established a new record for 
the 58th C.T.D. In doing this, 
■Squadron D broke its own record 
established the preceding week. Un- 
til two weeks ago the Detachment 
record was two straight wins. 

Captained by A|S Jeff McConnell 
the squadron has sho-wn exceptional 
Continued on Page 2 







Sgt. D. Brown 
Married Nov. 4 

Sgt. Daniel Bro'wn, popular non- 
com, was married on Thursday, 
Nov. 4 to Ensign Nina Auckland 
of the WAVES in Baltimore, Md. 

Ensign Auckland recently grad- 
uated from the Naval officers 
school in Northampton. 

Sgt. Bro'wn was born in Clinton, 
Maine, then moved to Mars Hill, 
Maine where he attended school. 
He graduated from the Aroostook 
Central Insitute and then entered 
Grays Business College in Portland, 
from which he graduated with hon- 

Sgt. Bro'wn immediately after be- 
ing inducted into the Army, June 3, 
1942 at Belmont, Mass., was sent 
to the 228th Tr. Sq. Miami Bea«h, 
Florida. After completing his basic 
training at this post, he was trans- 
ferred to Montgomery, Alabama to 
Gunter Field. There he worked in 
the orderly room in the 58th Base 
Headquarters, Air Base Squadron. 
He left Gunter Field, for the 58th 
CTD on March 15th of this year. 
Among his hobbies are listed fish- 
ing and hunting, particularly deer- 

We extend our heartiest con- 
gratulations and best wishes to 
Sgt. and Ensign Bro'wn. 


CTD Halloween Ball Success 

Elaine Schultz Is 
Sweetheart Of 58th 

Saturday night, October 30, was 
the date for a most gala and mem- 
orable event. For the first time the 
Aviation Students of the 58th and 
the coeds of Mass. State along with 
guests of students had a formal 
dance. The occasion was the cele- 
bration of the traditional Hallo- 
ween and an occasion that the A|S's 
of the 58th want the coed students 
to remember them for in the fu- 

The Halloween dance was held on 
the basketball floor of the M.S.C. 
drill hall. 

The dance was sponsored 'with 
the aid of the M.S.C. recreational 
coed students' committee and the 
58th recreational committee under 
the guidance of the acting chaplain, 
Mr. Easton. 

The highlight of the evening was 
the selection of the sweetheart of 
the 58th. The names of the girls 
to be judged as the queen were 
submitted and called by name. The 
master of ceremonies called them 
to the stage and the audience ac- 
tually chose the one they liked 
best out of the group of American 
beauties. This was done by clapping 
for the girl over whose head Mr. 
Easton held his hand. The crowd 
had a tough time but finally decided 
on that delectable de-icer, Miss E- 
laine Schultz, a sophomore at Mass. 

The music for the dance was pro- 
vided by a varied group of musi- 

In the orchestra was one of our 
eminent Physics professors, Mr. 
Fitzpatrick, who gave his time to 
aid the jolly group -with added notes 
of musical talent. 

Also among the entertainment 
group was Miss Barbara Beals a 
student at Mass. State who ren- 
dered vocally many popular melo- 
dies in a manner befitting her 
charm and personality. We had the 
meteorologists of Amherst, 2 coed 
Continued on Page 2 

Take Off" Editorial 
Read In Congress 

So impressed was Congressman 
John W. McCormack, Majority 
Leader of the House of Represen- 
tatives, by the editorial "When The 
Chips Are Down" in the October 
9 issue of "Take Off", that he read 
it to the Congress of the United 
States on November 1st. 

In speaking of the editorial. Con- 
gressman McCormack pointed out 
that it contained a "powerful and 
constructive" message. In praising 
Captain Congleton and Lt. Kelly 
for fostering a publication of the 
calibre of "Take Off", Congressman 
McCormack said, "Such splendid 
editorials should be reconized . . 
and encouraged". 

The entire editorial is now in the 
"Congressional Record" along with 
Congressman McCormack's com- 
ments and 'with commendation for 
its writer Editor-in-chief A|S Wal- 
ter F. Gallagher, Jr., ;the staff of 
"Take Off" and the Officers of the 
58th C.T.D. 

This recognition is not the first 
that the editorial has had. It was 
quoted and praised by Bill Cunning- 
ham the well kno'wn writer, in his 
column which appeared in the "Bos- 
ton Herald" and other Newspapers 
on October 23rd. The editorial has 
also been reproduced in the "Min- 
uteman" and "The Army and Na'wy 


Fine Arts Concert 

The first Fine Ants Concert of 
the season at Massachusetts State 
College 'will be held Sunday, No- 
vember 7, at 3 P.M. in the Old 
Chapel, it was announced by Dr. 
Stowell C. Goding of the Fine Arts 
Council. Mr. Doric Alviani, Cello; 
and Mr. John Delevoryas, piano, 
will present a musical program. All 
Aviation Students are welcome as 

The Fine Airts Series is one of 
Continued on Page 2 



A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 
Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly, Public Relations Officer 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Copy Editor Henry P. De Marco 

News Editor John R. Heflfeman 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Phot<^:rapheirs Features 

Edward L. Cushing Henry W. Lajoie Roger O'Connor 
Michael Hill John Pretto George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood Andrew McCosker 

Art Robert W. Harman 

Harry T. Borglund Circulation Man. 

Harold Solomon Albert K. Harring Edward Dunn 
This is not a pubhcation of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 

Thus Spoke Zarustha 

And as the shades of night draw 
nigh a steady rumble, nay, a rattle 
pierces the deadly quiet of the 
Thatcher corridor, and all who hear 
this busy noise nod knowingly and 
feel content and sure that deep 
within the dull buff walls that hold 
the brains, the wizardry behind the 
Banner head of "Take Off", A|S 
De Marco is pouring onto paper, 
words that will blast the campus 
skies like summer lightning. Deep 
within this recess, the very air 
pregnant with sparkling phrases, 
sagacious sentences and deep un- 
derstanding of the problem that 
confront this dynamite keg we call 
a world, De Marco pauses, then 
with eyes flashing he calls for si- 
lence, an ominous rattle and then 
he speaks words that will ring 
round the literary world "Damn 

it, seven". 


Elaine Schultz 

Comiimini ffom Pat* 1 

students of Mass. State as well as 
our own boys to thank for the 
splendid music provided for the 
evening. Hep-cats and jive hounds, 
as well as sweet swing fans were 
well satisfied by the varied melodies 

The drill hall was decorated with 
palms for the occasion and the 
floor vas waxed to a glossy smoth- 

ness. The traditional cider and 
doughnuts were furnished by the 
refreshment committee. 

We of the 58th at Mass. State 
feel that this occasion was a most 
successful affair, and believe it 
served to cement a better relation- 
ship between the student body and 
the Aviation Students. The A|S's, 
we know "ate up" the co-ed formal 
attire, thus sating nostalgic appe- 
tites, and we hope this will mark 
the beginning of many such enjoy- 
able occasions. 

Fine Arts Concert 

Continued from Ptg* I 

the regular features of the winter 
season of MSC. This year, the day 
and hour has been changed for the 
convenience of any A^S's who are 

Tomorrow's Concert will feature 
Doric Alviani, Baritone, and John 
Delevoryas, pianist. Mr. Alviani has 
had an extensive career in concert 
singing, opera and radio before 
coming to MSC. 

Mr. Delevoryas is one of MSC's 
most talented musical students. The 
Concert, which will last for approx- 
imately an hour, affords the men 
of the 58th an excellent opportunity 
to enjoy some really fine musical 
entertainment, and all Aviation 
Students are cordially invited to 

"Saturday nite — Saturday nite" 
— The dance enjoyed by all even 
the GI wolves. 

"Frankie" and "Johnnie" were 
lovers, oh, HOW those babies could 
love, Or is that getting a bit per- 
sonal, A|S Harkins and A|S Gayle. 

Notice to A|S Gray of Sqdm A: 
that green stuff in the envelope you 
received on Monday last is good for 
a lot more cigarettes than your 
friends; — . 

This weeks blue ribbon goes to 
A|S's McKosker and Hans who are 
the only Hot Pilots in Sqdm. A, 
who can lose 200 ft. in a climbing 
turn. How do you do it boys? 

A|S McCoombs: since when does 
GI haberdashery consist of 2 in- 
ches of rag hanging below the 
knot? Wake up boy, wake up. 

iSunday — day of rest etc. — ^was 
observed by A|S J. Flately going 
swimming in Smith College pool 
He claims he fell from the canoe 
while trying to "Save" a girl. 

To Room 104, Lewis Hall: was it 
the gas masks or the Lieutenant 
that caused such rosy complex- 
ions during your impromptu gas 
mask drill? 

Don't go thru bus windows at 
the airport boys, A|S Withers tried 
it and was caught at the half way 
mark — ^with his pants down. 

To "Teddy" of Sqdm. B: a splint 
for a scratched finger, T.S. boy, 
slip and all. 

A|S Kakides — How do you pro- 
nounce the word — "Lazardous"? 

Hey, A|S Cohen !^NOW 

A|S Domyancik has a new song — 
"lap-lap-lap, well all right" 5 
times for a "chorus". 

A|S Brady; is it true they are 
about ready to charge you rent for 
space occupied? 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. Which of the following noted 
pilots of World War I was the first 
to be awarded the Congressional 
Medal of Honor: (. Eddie Ricken- 
backer, B. Prank Luke, C. Raoul 
Lufbery, D. Victor Chapman? 

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2. What American president said 
he could not fiy because he lacked 
a "flying figure"? 

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S. A famous New York airport 
is named after what noted airman 
who piloted Byrd in the first flight 
of the North Pole. 

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4. What famous one time child 
movie star is a full fledged glider 
pilot in the Army Air Corp? 

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5. Is it true that the first trans 
continental flight across the United 
States took 49 days ? 

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sjnoq 92 Jioo?. %t asp^j ■isjAsuy 

6. One of the most important 
figures in the U. S. Army Air For- 
ces today is Cadet R. F. Knuckle- 
head. From what activity is his 
renown derived? 

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JO sauas v jo ja5.DBXBxio 3uipiB«i aqfj 
St pBaqai^iDnux ^ap^a uaMsuy 

7 What two famous pioneer A- 
merican plane builders and design- 
ers have the same name ? 

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8. From what mythical land ac- 
cording to President Roosevelt, did 
Doolittle launch his famous mys- 
tery raid on Tokyo, April 18, 1942? 

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9. What is the fastest time made 
.in any round the world flight? 

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sSvp g ut 886T "I PIJtOAV aq^j punoJiB; 
Atay saq3nji pjBMOu uaMSUv 

♦ •» 

"D" Wins 4th Ribbon 

Continmti from Pag* 1 

marching ability since their ar- 
rival. They are easily recognized 
by their precision and smartness on 
parade and in close order drill. 

It is to be noted that before last 
retreat parade only one point sep- 
arated Sqd. D and Sqd. E in the 
weekly standings, an indication 
that the other squadrons of the De- 
tachment are intent on keeping the- 
contest alive. 


■ ■iMiiiiiitin 



by A|S Louis A. Grisoglio 

The, "Springfield Rifle" Angelo 
Bertelli of Notre Dame is gone. 
The big question in everyone's 
mind, will that affect the fighting 
Irish of Notre Dame? This sports- 
writer thinks it will affect them 
so much, that they will go down 
to their first defeat of the season 
Saturday when they play the Mules 
of Army. This is probably the best 
game of the year. John Lujack the 
18 year old quarterback of Notre 
Dame was left a large pair of 
shoes to fill when Bertelli left. The 
Yankee Stadium is all keyed up for 
this game and 80,000 are expected. 

Before we go into our football, 
a little baseball popped up this 
week. Stan Musial of St. Louis 
Cardinals was voted the most valu- 
able player in the National league. 
Stan led the league in batting, 
doubles, triples and has the largest 
total of hits in the league. "Walker 
Cooper catcher of the same team 
took second place. Billy Michalson 
outfielder of the cubs took third 
place. Billy Herman of Brooklyn 
took fourth, and Mort Cooper pit- 
cher for the red birds, was in fifth 
place. It also seems that Joe Gor- 
don of New York Yankees, who 
declared he would not play base- 
ball next year changed his tune and 
explained, what he meant was that 
he did not think he was going east 
for spring training next spring. 

In a recent poll taken by the 
Associated Press the top 10 teams 
in the country were in this order: | 

Notre Dame, Purdue, Army, South- 
ern Calif., Penn., Michigan, Navy, 
Iowa's Pre-Flight, Duke, Coll. »f 

Bob Steaba x-Missouri Universi- 
ty player and now a V-12 at De- 
paw University held the individual 
high scoring honors with 100 points. 
Tony Butkovitch playing his last 
game last week-end was a good 
second with 96 points. So now we 
take our crystal ball in hand, here 
are the predictions we see today. 
Army to give N.D. its first defeat 
of the season by the score of 21 to 

13. Navy to topple Penn. 20 to 

14. Brown to take Yale. Princeton 
to give the Villanova Wildcats a 
good drubing. Penn. State to give 
Cornell a sound lacing. Holy Cross 
to be too much for the 19 year old 
wonders of Temple. Dartmouth will 
give Lou Littles' Columbia Lions 
some more headaches. Ohio State 
to finally win a game and beat Pitt. 
Michigan to beat Indiana in a good 
game. Purdue to trounce Minnesota' 
although they lost Tony Butkot- 

Editor's note: It should be noted 
that A|S Grisoglio has been very 
accurate in his predictions. The 
first week he picked nine out of 
ten games. Last week he not only 
prophesied seven winners but came 
close to the actual scores. Let us 
see if this week his prediction per 
taining to the Army, Notre Dame 
game will prove accurate. 

ROTC On Campus 

There arrived on campus at 6:15, 
Thursday night, a group of former 
first year ROTC students. These 
men were ordered to active duty in 
June, 1943 and have undergone a 
period of thorough basic training at 
the CRTC, Fort Riley, Kansas. 

They have returned to State Col- 
lege for further academic work and 
classification prior to their entry 
into an Officer Candidate School. 
Their duration of stay on campus 
is uncertain at present. 

They are housed on the second 
and third floors of North College, 
and mess at Draper Hall with the 
58th personnel. 

Many of the former students, as 
they climbed off the trucks, were 
met here with open arms by some 
of our most outstanding coeds. 
These hardy pioneers from Kansas 
look so tough that for a moment 
the coeds were somewhat taken 
aback, but it did not take long to 
get them, together as it was noticed 
by the powers that be that several 
ardent reconciliations were taking 
place outside the barracks- about 
9:30 that evening. 

The classes for these men will 
start on November 15, with courses 
in military motors, drafting, geog- 
raphy, area study, with an electric 
course, chemistry, math, P. T. and 
military training. 

The most marked difference in 
these men since they left the camp- 
us last spring is the fact that they 
are now hardened soldiers, not 
R,O.T.C. juniors. 

Faculty-Coed Hockeys 
Game Saturday 

The annual hockey game between 
the Faculty and the Coeds of Mass. 
State College will be held Saturday 
afternoon, at the Women's Athletic 
Field, starting at 1400. Captaining 
the Coeds is Mary K. Haughey; Co- 
Captains of the Faculty will be Mr. 
N. James Schoonmaker, and Mr. 
William Fitzpatrick. Last year the 
Coeds won and, needless to say, 
the Faculty are set to cancel that 
victory. Aviation Students are cor- 
dially invited. This is your chance 
to see the tables turned, and your 
professors "sweating it out". 


AnBW«n on page 4 

A|S Britrt»n, we hear you had % 
birthday; hoT^r does it feel to be a 


It was extremely boring that 
afterno'on back in 1938. All Bill 
Reese and his three buddies were 
doing was flying in a B-10, which 
was towing a target over Hawaii 
for newly commissioned pilots in 
P-12's to fire at. It was so dull that 
the four men decided to indulge in 
the ancient Army game of "gallop- 
ing dominoes". Taking the plane's 
map boards down, the enlisted men 
began rolling the spotted squares 
against it, not realizing that they 
were kneeling over the bomb-bay 

At that time the lieutenant at 
the controls decided to release the 
battered target fluttering in the 
rear. Glancing down at the mass 
of instruments, he saw three red 
handles, and — you guessed it — he 
pulled the wrong one, causing the 
bomib-bay doors to open, and the 
men on them to quickly •bey the 
law of gravity. 

Lady Luck and flying discipline 
must have worked hand in hand, 
because all four had their chutes 
on, and all opened, letting the sur- 
prised gamesters drift down to a 
mountain side. 

"The moral of this," comments 
A|S Reese, "is to wear your chute 
at all times." 

AfS William F. Reese, of Lupelo, 
Mississippi, has been around and 
down. After enlisting at Fort Mc- 
Clellan, Alabama, August 13, 1936, 
Bill has been stationed at more 
than thirty bases here and abroad. 
To hear A|S Reese recall, with 
great difficulty, the many stations 
he has seen and "happy days" he 
has had in the Army, one wonders 
if this Squadron B member hasn't 
met Mrs. Roosevelt or Bob Hope 
on his many jaunts. From his in- 
duction station he went to Charles- 
ton, S. C. from which he later went; 
by transport to the Brooklyn Army- 
Base in New York. Some time later 
he embarked for Cuba, where much 
to his disgust the men on board 
were refused shore leave. By way 
cf Panama, Reese went to San 
Francisco, finally landing in Ha- 
waii, where his episode with the 
open bomb-bay doors was to take 

"I spent three years in Hawaii," 
Reese went on, "being stationed 
at Luke, Wheeler and Bellows 
Fields. During that time I flew 
from the states to Hawaii and down 
to Australia." 

Contimud on fa$,t 4 


Interflight Sports 

During the past week the inter- 
flight basketball tournament has 
gathered steam and really got 
under way. Over half of the sched- 
uled games have been played and 
some top-notch teams have exhibit- 
ed their wares. The next two weeks 
will conclude the tournament and 
promise some of the best basketball 
yet seen on the Mass. State Cam- 
pus. , The league is split into two 
divisions with the victorious flights 
staging play-offs to determine the 
outstanding team in the detach- 

The standings, as of Oct. 30, find 
A2 and El on the top of leagues 
I and II respectively. The final 
standings for this week are not a- 
vailable as this issue goes to press, 
but the games thus far this week 
find A2 and El still retaining their 
leads. By virtue of being on the top 
of the standings does not necessari- 
ly point to El as the best team. 
Squadron D boasts two top flight 
teams that seem to have no peers. 
These teams are Dl and D2 and are 
sparking the best array of former 
college stars on the courts. Dl de- 
feated D2, yet the teams still- seem 
to be on a par by virtue of their 
closely contested games. One of the 
outstanding performers is James 
"Corny" Davis. A|S Davis played 
with West Virginia U. when they 
won the National Invitation tourn- 
ament in Madison Square Garden 
in 1942. Rounding out D2's fine 
team are Sam Eblank from Univ. 
of Newark and Saul Levy from 
City College of N. Y. Playing for 
Dl are three other college etars 
from the University of Kentucky 
and North Carolina and other 
points south. This coming week 
should prove the supremacy of 
one of Sqd. D's teams with El 
meeting both teams. 

Considering the outstanding per- 
formers in all the flight teams, it 
seems that the formation of Sqd. 
teams at the termination of the 
present tournament should bring 
out even more the intense rivalry 
evident between several of the 

squadrons and that the same com- 
petitive spirit and interest would 
Basketball League Standings as of 

October 30, 1943 

League I League 11 

Won 9 Lost 9 Won 6 Lost 6 

Team Standings — By Leagues — 

October 30, 1943 
League I Leagae II 

Won Lost Won Lost 

A-2 2 D-1 2 

B-3 2 D-2 2 

C-1 i2 E-1 2 

A-1 2 1 E-3 1 

A-3 2 C-3 2 

C-2 2 D-8 2 

B-2 2 E-2 1 

B-1 1 2 



6 6 

How It Strikes A Boy 
Said little Johnny Green, 
This is the funniest world I ever 

A fellow is sent off to bed 
When he ain't got a bit of sleep 

in his head. 
And he's hustled out of it, don't 

you see, 
When he's just as sleepy as he can 


Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre 

Saturday: "Winter Time" with 

Sonja Henie. 
Sunday: "So Proudly We Hail" 
with Paulette Goddard, Clau- 
dette Colbert, 'and Veronica 
Calvin Theatre 

Saturday and Sunday: "Thank 
Your Lucky Stars" with Hum- 
phry Bogart, Bette Davis, Er- 
rol Flynn, Eddie Cantor, and 
John Garfleld. 
Academy of Music 

Saturday and Sunday: "Hers, to 
Hold" Deanna Durbin. "Yanks 
Ahoy" with William Tracy, 
Joe Sawyer. 
Northampton USQ 

Open house Saturday and Sunday 
Amherst USO 

Open house Saturday and Sunday 
On the Campus 
A movie will be shown at 1900, 
for Aviation Students. 

Answers to Airplane Quiz 

NOT AT NO. 1! It's the Piper 
L-4B, a light, two-seat plane used 
by the Army as a liaison ship. The 
high wings are rectangular and 
have rounded tips. V struts brace 
the wings to the lower part of the 
long, narrow fuselage. It has a 
fixed landing gear and elliptical 

FIRE AT NO. 2! It's the Japanese 
Kawanishi 96, a two-seat naval 
scout biplane. The wings are of 
equal span and are slightly swept 
back to rounded tips. There is an 
invert in the bottom wihg &t the 
center of the fuselage. The tips of 
the rectangular tailplane al^o are 

Church Services 

First Baptist Church: 

Regular service at 1045, Sunday. 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Holy Communion 0800. 

Morning Prayer and Sermon 1100 
St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions Saturday from 1600 

to 1800 and from 1930 to 2100. 

Masses Sunday at 0700, 0830, 

1000 and 1100. Aviation Students 

are requested to attend the 0830 

Mass, if possible. 
Wesley Methodist Church: 

Service at 1030. 
Hebrew Services: 

1400 Sunday, 389 No. Pleasant 



Continued from page 3 - 
When the Japs struck at Pearl 
Harbor, Bill was in California, but 
since then has flown many times 
to his old base in Hawaii. Bill has 
graduated from four technical 
training schools since his return to 
bases in the United States. 

"I finally landed in Fort McDow- 
ell, California and a little later 
was shipped to Maxwell Field, Ala- 
bama. After flying out from there 
for a while," Reese mentioned, 

"they sent me to Tyndall Field, 
Florida and then to Greenville, 

Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma was 
next on Bill's return address. After 
working there he flew to Lowery 
Field, Colo. Reese worked mainly 
with an armament doing m.ainten- 
ance and work in instruction. From 
Lowery he hopped to Smyra, Tenn. 
where again he started work. It 
was back to Maxwell Field for Bill, 
then to Miami Beach, and on to 
Amherst and the 58th C.T.D. 

"I really like this post," Reese 
said, "and I can't wait until I get 
to flight, However, when I do get 
there I want to fly a P-47 and be 
on my own." One wouldn't doubt 
this choice. After being a humsm 
bomb, Bill Reese has decided that 
the only way he is going to hurtle 
through space is with one of Uncle 
Sam's fighters around him. 

* ■ * 

Not Once a Year. 

The earth makes a resolution 
every twenty-four hours. 

Fiction are those books which 
are fixed on the shelves and are 
not to be moved. Non-fiction are 
not fixed and may be moved at will. 


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Smith Canteen 

On Saturday evening, November 
6th, the young ladies of the Smith 
Canteen welcomed to their midst 
the boys of the 58th C.T.D. from 
Mass. State College. 

The girls at Smith certainly are 
flush with talent and brilliant con- 
versation, yes indeed. While the 
night was in its stripling stage, 
they played recordings such as 
"Perfidi'a", and then Artie Shaw 
sweeping the cords with his 
breathing "Begin the Beguine". 
There were the hot jive jobs also, 
which the hep cats of the 58th and 
the Smith girls really stepped into. 

After this we came out of the 
stripling into the mellow, to hear 
such entertainment as the "Smith- 
inpoof s" and two Aviation Students 
perform — but smoothly. The harm- 
ony group consisted of ten giris 
from Smith, graduates and under- 
graduates. Ten in number they are, 
but they have all the richness, mel- 
ody and feminine vitality that send 
instrumentalists such as this group, 
a long long way. With the con- 
clusion of such renditions as "Old 
Glory" from the "Smithinpoofs" the 
representatives from the 58th, A|S 
Redman and A|S Mickler, perform- 
ed, but well. Their comical antics 
along with their astute voices, when 
they sang "Sweet Sue", brought 
the house down from the applause 
of -the gracious Smith gals. 

All the while doughnuts and 
cokes were served to the boys and 
liheir girls. If such entertainment 
'is to be had more often that is 
strictly in the "Try me" depart- 
ment for the boys here at the 58th. 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre: 

SATURDAY: "Her's To Hold" 
with Deanna Durbin and Rob- 
ert Cummings. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
"Top Man" Peggy Ryan and Don- 
ald O'Connor. "Heading For 
God's Country" "Virginia Dale and 
William Londigan. 

Academy of Music, Northampton 

CoHlinued on Page 2 

Recreation At 

Memorial Hall 

In the basement of Memori'al Hall 
there are five bowling alleys which 
are for the use of the 58th. These 
alleys are as good as can be found 
in any local bowling establishment. 
Students may bowl from the begin- 
ning of their open post period until 
2000. Since there are no pin boys 
they shall have to alternate this 
position themselves. 

Also on this floor are located two 
fine bi'llard tables and racks, for 
the exclusive use of the Aviation 
Students in their open post period. 

Change Of Group Officers 

Red Cross Free 

Sewing Service 

Ladies of the Red Cross Unit 
who for the past several weeks 
have been doing sewing and alter- 
ation of clothing for Aviation Stu- 
dents, report that their undertak- 
ing has met with enthusiastic and 
grateful response on the part -of the 
ni«n of the 58th. 

Aviation Students are reminded 
that articles of clothing may be 
left at Stockbridge Hall, third floor, 
every Wednesday evening between 
1840 — 2000. The garments are 
worked on during Thursday, and 
may be picked up Thursday eve- 
ning, during the open post period. 

The Red Cross points out that 
while the ladies have been kept 
busy to date, they feel that there 
may be some Aviation Students 
who are still unaware of the ser- 
vice, and invited all to avail them- 
selves of the opportunity of free 
mending and alterations. 

PX WiU Open Monday 

Captain William E. Nisbet, of 
Westover Field announces the open- 
ing of a branch Post Excange at 
58th. The opening will be Monday, 
November 15th in the basement 
floor of Abbey Hall as planned. 

Civilian personnel will serve at 
the counters. 

Sq'd ''A'' Farewell 

For better or for worse, our time 
has come to leave the 58th. Other 
squadrons have done this and 
squadron A must follow suit. It is 
the Army's relentless order. 

The thoughts upon leaving here 
are conflicting. Some are glad to 
be on the move, to see new country 
and people and experiences. Some 
are unconcerned, unmindful; and 
some there are who are truly sad. 
For these perhaps there is more 
than just a chance aquaintance; 
maybe some warm friends, a wife, 
a girl. They shall watch the fading 
Amherst with thoughtful eyes. But 
no matter what the personal feel- 
ings, each knows there shall never 
be another post that can parallel 
this. It shall not soon be forgotten. 

There has been much that con- 
stituted the swift and happy days 
here. The various classes; P. T. 
on the cool green turf; delightful 
swimming, the never ending cross 
country run; retreats in the quiet- 
ness of early evening; the welcome 
bunk at night, the unwelcome "ev- 
erybody up". Then came the flying 
period. At first, the unfavorable re- 
action to the "Wild Blue Yonder", 
but then we became accustomed to 
the air and liked it. The prevalent 
application of "Hot Pilot" or "Tail 
Gunner". We'll, these all formed 
a part of the program, and more, 
much more. 

Our course ahead we know is 
long, difficult, and uncertain. In 
the utmost sense of the word, we 
must become men. There is that 
day when the wings will flash on 
proud chests: is not the goal wor- 
thy of our untiring effort? Thus, 
we leave Mass. State knowing that 
our training here will make the 
days ahead not especially easier, 
but touched with confidence. To 
the officers and teachers we pay 
our respect and gratitude. They 
have administered to our benefit. 
To the grand 58th itself. "Should 
Old Aquaintance Be Forgot". And 
so we go. 

^S Jeff McConnell 
Replaces A|S Moreman 

Assuming full responsibility with 
their duties, four group officers 
took over the student command 
Wednesday evening as they pre- 
sented the massed squadrons to 
Captain Congleton at Retreat Pa- 
rade. Squadron A, being the sen- 
ior squadron, also reviewed the 

The group commander is A|S 
Jeff McConnell, holding the rank 
of major; while A|S Samual Green- 
wald are group adjutant and group 
supply officer respectively, both 
with the rank of captain. A|S 
Robert McAnulty took over the 

Color guards were also newly 
selected. A]S Hopp is color bear- 
er and AlS's John Farguharson and 
Kimball will act as guards for 
the colors, A|S Wallace Cruick- 
shank is the color sergeant. 

A|S McConnell; former com- 
mander of Squadron D, five times 
winner of the coveted ribbon for 
parade, is a native of Georgia and 
has been in the army several 
months before coming to the 58th. 
A|S Payne, also a southerner, hail- 
ing from Tennessee, had previous ex- 
perience as cadet captain in the 
R.O.T.C. A|S Greenwald taught 
the use of weapons in basic 
training and was also an aircraft 
maintenance mechanic. His home 
is in Colorado. A|S McAnulty, a 
preservice man, comes from Texas. 

Retiring from the group leader- 
ship is A|S Robert Moreman. A|S 
Howard Kelly, A|S Julius Fanney 
and A|S Grisoglio were the other 
group officers. 

To take over the positions vaca- 
ted in Squadron D are A|S William 
Mosely, squadron commander; A|S 
Buck, second in command; A|S 
Badger, Supply sergeant; A|S Ro- 
land Koster, first sergeant; A|S 
Maffett, A|S Jones, and A|S James 
Miiichell, flight lieutenants. The gui- 
don bearer for Squadron D is A|S 




A Weekly Publication for the 
Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 

* «» 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, Commanding Officer 

Lieutenant Edmund J. Kelly, Public Relations Officer 


Editor-in-chief Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Co-py Editor Henry P. De Marco 

News Editor Roger O'Connor 

Feature Editor Daniel Gooden 

News Board Photographers Features 

Edward L. Cushing Henry W. Lajoie John R. Heffernan 
Michael Hill John Pretto George De Lorie 

William B. Harwood Andrew McCosker 

Art Robert W. Harman 

Harry T. Borglund Circulation Man. 

Harold Solomon Albert K. Hjarring Edward Dunn 
This is not a publication of the War Deparment and the 
views herein should not be construed as those of the War 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. 
Republication of credited matter prohibited without per- 
mission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17." 


Most of us started out making model planes and shooting 
them through the house, at times greatly to the displeasure 
of the older members of the family. Those days, will a year 
from now seem remote in retrospect. 

We have a job to do and hope to be among that great 
army of fliers who are scheduled a little later on to bomb 
Tojo and his gang of Japanese barbarians into unconditional 
surrender. We have taken an oath to offer our lives, if neces- 
sary, in the fulfillment of our duties to America. 

The war between the States, they tell us, was fought by 
boys 18 years of age, and there is none among us who does 
not want to contribute his part to that cliche, "History re- 
peats itself". 

Yes, we were schoolboys and then the War came. We left 
our homes, the gang at the drugstore, the sweetheart, and 
respective families behind. We left something more than 
these too. We left a free people and while we are on a crusade 
to wipe out the enemies abroad menacing our liberties, we 
shall expect those staying at home to preserve the ideals we 
left behind. 

We shall not expect them necessarily to be "frozen", as li- 
berties and freedom, like everything else, must grow, but the 
fundamental freedoms of our Country we do expect to be 
left intact and flourish, with national emergency as an in- 

We of the Army Air Force are the recipients of the best 
of Uncle Sam's "Storehouse" — ^food, clothing and quarters. 
Our morale is high and our one desire is to fly that bomber 
or fighter plane over enemy country. The men in the Army 

Conllnmtd on Pagt 4 

AjS Robert Driscoll was a bit 
surprized when one of the officers 
noticed that his bottle of milk 
was really a brandy egg nog. 

A|S Robert Fleury is still trying 
to explain why he had a pink un- 
mentionable in his drawer during 
inspection. It was folded G.I. style. 

A|S George DeLorie has definite- 
ly decided that the best way to take 
a shower is to have rubber hose 
inserted in his collar, and then 
have the water turned on by a 

A|S Holder still can't understand 
how the lipstick got on his cheek 
during the break between classes 
in Goessman. 

A|S Briggs is going to give up 
smoking. He's tired of rubber-load- 
ed tobacco and explosions. 

A|S Quinn would like to know if 
anyone has a good used diving hel- 
met for sale. 

A|iS Jones must have been very 
busy over the wekend. He wore his 
athletic shoes on the wrong feet 

A|S Heywood really likes his 
hamburgers with chocolate sauce 
on them. (It says in the script). 

A|S Dave Kimball of "D" is 
planning to become a paratrooper. 
He practices on Friday nights by 
leaping out of his window. He 
seems to have the idea that the 
proper uniform is a pair of pale 
Orange pajamas. 

Is it true that our little mascots 
full name (Nickname is Gene) 
is Phosgene. 

A|S R. W. Harman wishes to 
leave the many friends he made 
while writing "The Melting Pot" 
to his successor whomever he may 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. What would a flight of pur- 
suit pilots in a "rat race" be do- 

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ui pasfi^ -japBSi aq;:) aioi;oj 3ui 
-XBid aq^inoM. Xaqx "•iS'S'^suv ' 

2. In English parlance which 
members of a plane formation are 
weavers ? 

•sauBid itui'aua jp^'^v 
-ja^unoo o; aABaM. ot{m uoi^buuoj 
aq^ UI uaui ^sbi oav^ ?qx 'JtaAiSUv 

3. What is the so called Blue Ox? 


-ap q.aiDas ^.'soui s,BDuauiv Jo auo 
'q.q3is quioq uapjo^ aqx '-la-'iisuv 

4. Where is the most famous 
proving grounds of the U. S. Ar- 
my Air Forces, where new planes 
are planned and improvements on 
existing designs are worked out? 

'uoc^Kbq 'piai^j ^qSia^ uaA^suv 

5. If you were making a para- 
chute bombing attack at which of 
the following altitudes would you 
be most likely flying? (a) treetop 
level, (b) 2000 feet, (c) 10,000 feet, 
(d) 30,000 feet, (e) your top ceil- 

•\aA.9\ do!^ aBJL% 'jaMjSU'V 

6. Was the U. S. Army aviation 
arm launched: (a) two, (b) six, 
(c) eleven, (d) eighteen, years 
after the successful ascent of the 
first lighter than air machine? 

•xig "jaM-Suy 

7. Why would wearing a para- 
chute be imperative if you were 
going to "sickle-thrust" an enemy? 

■^i paaa 
iCtqieqoad pfnoAi pue s3ui;a irxoS. 
JO auo q^iAV uitq uibj o% SuijCji. 
aq pjnoAk. no^ asnBDag uaMSuy 

Weekend Activities 

CoHlhtutd from Pag* I 
"Claudia" Robert Young and 
Dorothy McGuire. "Submiarine A- 
lert" Richard Arlen and Susanna 

Amherst U.S.O. 

Beginning Tuesday evening, Nov- 
ember 16, the U.S.O. will be e- 
quipped to deal with the problem 
of Christmas gift packing and 
wrapping for service men. Bring 
your gifts to the center then, or 
any evening there after, and they 
will be done up in fancy wrap- 
pings and prepared for mailing 
as well. Free of charge, of course.- 





by A|S Louis A. Grisoglio 

Rolling over a good Army team 
by the score of 26 to 0, left little 
doubt in everyone's mind, the ques- 
tion of the best team in the coun- 
try. Bertellie was missed but sure- 
ly not needed. John Lujack, 18 
year old wonder boy of the Irish, 
really played a bang-up giame and 
pitched 2 touchdown passes. It 
seemed that Notre Dame was steal- 
ing the ball from Army players 
all afternoon, but in the records it 
went down as Army fumbles. One 
of these so called fumbles went for 
a N.D. touchdown. But it is a good 
team who makes the best of bad 
plays, and thats exactly what N.D. 
was doing all afternoon. The upset 
of the day came out on the Coast 
where an underated San Diego Na- 
val Training Station beat the Uni- 
versity of Southern California 10 
to 7. Since this is no league game 
Southern Cal. still remains as the 
first choice for the Rose Bowl. Na- 
vy trailing 7 to 6 after the half, 
really turned on the power in the 
second half and trounced Penn 24 
to 7. Little All American Hal Ham- 
berg spearheaded the attack and 
again played very good ball. Vilan- 
ova played some good ball when 
they tangled with Princeton and 
beat them 42 to 25. It was a wild 
and woolly ball game which fea- 
tured fumbles and interceptions. In 
another upset Cornell beat Penn 
State 13 to 0. Holy Cross ran all 
over the 17 year olders of Temple 
42 to 6. Kaslowski of H. C. played 

fine ball. The Ramblin' Wrecks of 
Georgia Tech. ran all over the L.S. 
U. Tigers 42 to 7. Purdue without 
the services of Tony Butkovich 14 
to 7. The game was won in the 
last minute of play, on a pass from 
Sam Vacanti to Dimancheff. Steve 
Jizwick scored two touchdowns 
and Great Lakes won the ball game 
12 to 0. Ohio State for the first 
time this year really turned on the 
steam and defeated Pitt, by the 
score of 46 to 6. Oliver, Buckeye 
fullback scored 3 touchdowns. Duke 
Blue devils had a field day when 
they beat N.C. State 75 to 0. Dart- 
mouth trounced the hopeless Lions 
of Columbia 47 to 13. Michigan 
overpowered Indiana by the score 
of 23 to 7. In this game another 
great departed, Bill Daley. North- 
western, who has a very fine team 
this year, and who plays Notre 
Dame Saturday, ran roughshod ov- 
er Wisconsin 41 to 0. Rice rebound- 
ing from last weeks setback 20 to 
7. Texas A & M beat S.M.U. 22 to 
0. Brown, in a very close ball game, 
beat Yale 21 to 20. So we shall 
grab our crystal ball and again 
predict our ten games. 

(1) Notre Dame 27 over North- 
western 0, (2) Michigan over Wis- 
consin, (3) Navy over Columbia, 
(4) Minnesota over Iowa, (5) Ohio 
State over Illinois, (6) Dartmouth 
over Cornell, (7) Penn. State over 
Temple, (8) Penn. over North Car- 
olina, (9) Great Lakes over In- 
diana, (10) Nebraska over Pitt. 

Answers on pag« 4 

Thanks For The 

A|S Hartnan 

Thanks for the memories: of 

Thatcher and Lewis on the Hill, 

of Abbey too. 

of G. I. parties waxing fast »nd 
furious, Friday nites 

of the Captain's "cheery" voice 
waking us up in the mornings 
and the resulting reveilles 

of Westfield airport and those hum- 
dinger check rides 

of the mother-like P.P. men rasp- 
ing out "Gig that man" 

of the many times we were made 
supernumaries on Guard. 

of A|S Kelly's and Fanny's "I'll 
gig the whole floor" 

of T|Sgt. Verelle's tucking us in at 
nite — God bless 'im 

of the field between Thatcher and 
Lewis and those well worn paths 
out there. 

— oh thank you so much 

of roll call at Rahar's 

of bed check at 10 each nite and 
at 1 on Saturday. 

of Cap'n Gene, our mascot, boss of 
us all 

of chop suey rendezvous 

of kind solitude of P.F.C. Abbott 
bringing us our mail 

of our original, incomparable musi- 
cians — the 58th C.T.D. band 

— oh thank you. 

of the "Gig slip packin Kelly' re- 
vision of "Pistol Packin Momma." 
Still your favorite. Captain?' 

of weekends in Northampton — let's 
not forget the 12:04 while we're 
at it. 

of the quietness of the 2nd floor 
and how hard 214 tried to keep 

of ball detail and Saturday morn- 
ing inspections — oh thank you so 

of fried chicken and beer — Hear— 

of "3 hairs" — our fluttering librar 

of P.T. and how we will miss that 
cross country course — ^we thank 
God it is just a memory, too. 

of, and seriously, all the many ways 
in which our tactical Non-coms 
have put up with and helped us. 
Squadron, — Atten — hut! Captain 

Congleton, Lieutenants Madison, 

Miller, Kelly and Grossman, Squad- 
ron A reports to make a statement. 

We want to thank you for making 

our stay here a privilege and not 

merely an assignment. 


While Adolf Hitler planned the 
World Olympics in Berlin in 1936, 
a Worcester, Mass. boy was saving 
his money so that he could attend 
the events to be held in Germany 
that year. And so Harold T. Borg- 
land bought one ticket to Sweden 
and left to visit his relatives with 
twenty dollars in his pocket. 

As luck had it the young artist 
never reached Berlin but remained 
with his relatives until he decided 
to go to Norway where he became 
friends with strapping Norwegian 
seaman. The two traveled through- 
out Norway and met many German 
"tourists". During his stay in Nor- 
way, Borgland became engaged in 
the smuggling business, traveling 
between Sweden and Norway hid- 
ing precious bullets in his camera, 

Later Borgland and his friend 
signed with the Billirude Bologet 
line as a ship's stoker, and shipped 
to Gothenberg, Sweden, where he 
sailed to Belgium, England and 
Norway. It was in Oslo that Borg- 
land decided to "quit the ship". 
The two men waited until everyone 
on board was asleep and slipped 
down the deck to a rope ladder that 
hung over the side of the ship. 
Climbing down to a row boat the 
men shoved off for shore a short 
distance away. They made good 
their escape, but at the same time 
forfeited their pay that was due 
them on their return to Gothen- 

"To this day," commented Borg- 
land, "I'd like to know what has 
happened to the ship's row boat. It 
lias been worrying me." 

Harold speaks Swedish, Norwe- 
gian, Finnish, Danish, and can 
understand Polish and German. 
Knowledge of the tongues has 
helped Borgland greatly during his 
travels. From Oslo he and his 
friend went back to Gothenberg 
where later they took the "Hil- 
bonnia" to Helsinki, Finland, where 
after touring the city left for Lat- 
via, then returned to Gothenberg. 

It was here that Borgland, for 
the first time, had trouble with the 
local officials. He had been living 
in "Sailor's Town" when one night 
he was picked up by local police 
and asked to show his papers — 
which he misplaced. He was quickly 
taken to jail and given a "third de- 
gree". Two days later Harry's rela- 
tives in Varmland contacted the of- 
ficials informing them that he was 
Conriniud on Pag* 4 


Metronone Echoes 

There you are, the jazz and 
Mall Hallet. During the intermedi- 
ate period from 1934 to 1937, we 
had the "hot stuff" running swiftly 
and irraticly around the country. 
That favorite rendezvous of the col- 
lege boy was ringing with scintil- 
lating notes from elevating num- 
bers such as, "The Music Goes 
Round and Round" which wds ush- 
ered out, but quickly and not a 
little like the Fuller Brush Man. 
Then, when these exponents of 
phaetons and pipes, bow-ties and 
saddle shoes, sat down at the bar 
with a smug look, they would sink 
down and down, at Chick Webb 
and Ella Fitzgerald's recording 
of glabrous melodies such as "Rock 
It For Me" or "A Tiskit A Tas- 

Coming out of this period, we 
have some of the best and deathless 
numbers, including and not bury- 
ing, Hoagy Carmichael's "Star- 
dust or "Where or When". Of 
course there are many expostula- 
tions about such tunes which the 
add types deliver, but on the whole 
they were listened to with "eager 
drum" and fire burning in the 
foreheads of Joe college, leaning 
up against the rather novel Juke 
Box with a mug full of cool frothy 
beer. Yes, we can all dream of the 
days when night-football was a 
novelty and you thought it would 
be smart to take the most popular 
girl on campus, have a drink, then 
afterwards, when the evening was 
mellow bring her to a dance, where 
you might hear "And The Angels 
Sing" or sit down while the more 
adept jitterbugs dig in, and cut 
the air to "Bublitchki", while you 
watched them with not a little 
envy and wondered at their glisten- 
ing eyes, and you asked yourself, 
"Where was I when these steps 
were created?" 

From Bangoi* to Monterey, from 
Washington to Cheyenne, the sap- 
ling was straining under the ap- 
jplause of the typical American 
jnusic lover, wailing his apprecia- 
tion of songs like Artie Sbaw's 
"Begin the Beguine". 

Then in Greenwich Village the 
New York teen-age youth listened 
with a rhythmic foot and tapping 
finger, as Pee Wee Russell and his 
clarinet spoke to you with "Marie" 
or maybe, "Lime House Blues". 

From the crowded streets of 
Greenwich, we can take a roaring- 
trip in the phaeton to the Sky 
Room, to hear Benny Goodman 

memories of the audience indulg- 
ing in vacuity and a boy would ap- 
proach a pretty girl at Benny's 
feet and whisper," May I stand 
this one out with you?" 

Undoubtedly these striative days 
are f lilted with such velatinous num- 
bers as "Deep Purple", Glen's "Sun- 
rise Serenade" and Larry Clinton's 
solid "Shadrack", from way back. 

Here are the melodies that prob- 
ably will remain some-time, but not 
as long as the waltz, for that you 
know, is here to stay. Yes, songs 
have memories, they leave an echo 
in your ear, search the subtlest 
windings of your soul, they bind 
together memories, past and pres- 
ent in one sweep of the chord — 
your favorite tune does. 


Continued from Page 3 
an American citizen and later Har- 
ry's passport was brought to him 
where he had left it in hie room. 

He then .had to go to Varmland 
in the custody of his relatives 
where he remained for a short time. 

After his return to the United 
States, Borgland worked at many 
trades, until he joined the Air 
Corps. It is well known that if you 
are in the mood for tales of the 
sea, Borgland can help you. For 
instance he calmy tells of a fellow 
seaman disappearing during a trip 
from England to Sweden. He was 
never found. The crew members 
swear he came on board. 

"G'voaV Bub" Interflight Sports 

•^ The inter-flitrht basketball tov 

And Then The War 

Continued from Page 2 
Air Force will help win this War, 
as did our forbears in their turn. 
So, off to war we've gone, with the 
hope that when we return to Amer- 
ica, the guardians of our domestic 
liberties will be able to give a good 

account of their stewardship. 

^» » 
Answer to Airplane Quiz 

NOT AT No. 1! It's the U. S. 
B-25 "Mitchell," a mid-wing me- 
dium bomber powered by twin ra- 
dial engines. Both edges of the 
wings taper to rounded tips. En- 
gine nacelles project slightly be- 
hind the wings. The nose of the 
fuselage is very long and it has 
twin fins and rudders. It's not 
your target. 

FIRE AT No. 2! It's the Nazi 
Heinkel He. IIIK, a low-wing, 
twin-engine, long range bomber. 
The leading edge of the wings is 
swept back and the trailing edge 
is straight with cut-outs close to 
the fuselage. It has a long, slim 

nose, elliptical tailplane and a sin- 
operate while that cloudless "Sing, gle fin and rudder. Shoot the slugs, 
Sing, Sing" was engraved on the Mug. 

Inevitably, which means mostly 
always, you will experience that 
social termite, the "moochfer" when 
a package of cigarettes is hauled 
out. Many so-called Intellectuals 
have attacked the problem of the 
moocher. We, having been offend- 
ers, cling to the old adage, "it 
takes a jerk to cling to the Camels 
broken back" ... or sumpin' 

Smoking a pipe is not much of a 
solution . . . there's always a 
moocher in the mob that owns a 
tobaccoless pipe. What we suggest 
is, the next time you are accosted, 
haul out your package of Bull Dur- 
ham, your "cigareete" papers, and 
say: "roll your own, boys, roll 
your own." If this doesn't stop him, 
nothing will, so resign yourself to 

To make tfiis possible, we offer 
primary instruction in the rolling 
of cigarettes which has been com- 
piled by experts. 

First, grasp the package of Bull 
Durham in the left hand, the ciggie 
paper in the right, thereby making 
it possible to shoot the Bull (Dur- 
ham, of course) into the paper. 
Extract fifty grams— exactly!! No 
more, no less, onto the paper from 
the package. Hmmm! Difficult isn't 
it? Then loosen your tie and roll 
up your sleeves. You realize by 
this time it's going to be a long, 
hard fight. All set? Good! 

Having put the said tobacco in 
said paper, roll paper in a neat 
cylinder. Of course, in the process, 
you will drop over half of your 
'baccy on the floor — but don't let 
that worry you . . . it's easy 
to cheat some way and make it up. 
Mussing your hair and wiping the 
perspiration from your brow will 
give the needed courage to 
continue at this point. Wet the 
upper edge of the paper, being 
careful not to get tobacco on your 
tongue . . . you will anyway. 
Count to ten or twenty and fasten 
the moistened paper edges togeth- 
er. To complete your nicotine mas- 
terpiece, roll the ends of the so- 
called "weed", and apply match. If 
you have a celluloid collar on, it 
is very likely that you'll go up in 
a cloud of 'smoke. Aside from sing- 
ed eyebrows, and a blackened face, 
nerves "shot", and clothes torn 
asunder in divers places, you'll feel 
like a new man. But after the 
second puff, the contraption falls 
apart — look, you wouldn't do this 
to a Jap . . . Let's just stop 
smoking and forget the whole dam 
mess!!!!! AMC— 1943 

The inter-flight basketball tourn- 
ament is drawing to a close and the 
weaker teams are being treaded^ 
from the pack. Four more dayg to 
go find Dl retaining their lead in 
League II and CI coming from 
behind to wrest the lead from A2 
in League I. The coming week will 
also see the victor between the two 
leagues as the play offs are sched- 
uled for that week. 

Last week we predicted that D2 
would knock El out of the League 
1 lead and Wednesday night we ' 
saw that prophecy come true. This 
game left Dl in sole possession of 
the lead and gives us courage to 
predict that they will defeat El and 
go on to win the Detachment cham- 
pionship. Dl is led by Captain Joe 
Johns, former North Carolina (not 
Grefensboro, we hope) State basket- 
ball star who is currently leading 
both leagues in scoring. He is 
efficiently assisted by Jimmy Math- 
ias, former Indiana star and Bill 
Mosely, Kentuck's star football and 
basketball performer. Carter Con- 
vey and Bob Payne round out what 
is undoubtedly the strongest quin- 
tet in the Detachment. 

Judging by the number of for- 
feited games it seems that the in- 
terest is slacking since the better 
ballplayers are mustered in a few 
flights that overwhelm their broth- 
ers in arms. If this is true, it 
seems that more spirit and interest 
would be held in the formation of 
Squadron teams. 

Team Standings^By Leagues 

November 10, 1943 

League 1 

























League 2 

















V 1 







Leading Scorers in BotK Leagues 
November 10, 1943 

Johns Dl 57 points 

Kelley E3 40 points 

Davis D2 38 points 

Vargas El 36 points 

Flatley D2 32 points 

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Vol. 1 No. 36 


Subscription Free 

New Squadron 

Yep, there is a new squadron of 
Aviation Students here at the 58th. 
They are a fine looking group, a 
cross section of typical American 
young men. 

The officers, men and civilian 
personnel of the 58th C.T.D. ex- 
tend them all a warm welcome. 

We are certain that they realize, 
as do we "older" members of the 
58th, just how wonderful an op- 
portunity is offered by this train- 
ing we are getting here. The splen- 
did academic program and the rug. 
ged physical conditioning combined 
with military skills, will enable us 
to do the job waiting for us all. 

The new Squadron A, we are 
confident, will be a credit to the 
detachment in all respects. 

Two weeks quarantine seems 
like a long time, doesn't it? Cheer 
up! Even time enters into the Air 
Corps spirit and "flies" here at 
the 58th. It will be over almost be- 
fore you realize it. In the mean- 
time, there is a brand new P.X. in 
Abbey Hall to help you get "set- 

Long Awaited 
P,X. Opens 

The Post Excange for the 58th 
C.T.D. was officially opened at 
noon on Wednesday, 17 November, 
1943 in Abbey Hall. The Exhange 
is a branch unit of the Main Ex- 
change at Westover Field, and is 
under the direction and supervision 
of Captain Nisbet, the Army Ex- 
change Officer at Westover Field. 

The P.X. will be open to Stu- 
dents from 1200 to 1945 on week- 
days and Saturday afternoons. 
These hours are subject to change 
and adjustment at any time the 
demand requires. 

The accessibility,, regular low 
prices, and large assortment of 
the stock at the store should ef- 
fect a substantial saving in money 
and leg effort for students. iVEuch 
time and effort has been spent by 
the officers of the 58th C.T.D. to 
make the opening possible, and we 
feel that the patronage of the 
P.X. will be such that they will 
be more than assured of our ap- 

New Take Off Staff Appointed 

"Again the old giveth way to the 
'new" and the staff of Ye Olde 
Take Off pick up their belongings 
in the news office and make room 
for the newly formed staff. The 
only job of the old staff remaining 
is to show the intricacies of run- 
ning a "service paper" to the new- 

The publication of the 58th "C.T. 
D. has the honor of being the first 
I>aper published at any of the Col- 
lege Training Detachments. It has 
been a constant source of informa- 
tion, amusement and other items 
of interest through its many 
months of existence. 

Picture, if you will, the many 
writers and others who have con- 
tributed in getting this newspaper 
published weekly. Certainly in a 

group ef Army men one gets as 
great a variety of men as can be 
imagined. Many were drawn to- 
gether through their mutual inter- 
est in journalism. This has caused 
soldiers of wide and varied ex- 
periences to work together and 
give added interest to the paper. 

A large percentage of those with 
an interest in the paper had worked 
on college or high school papers, 
other Army publications and some 
had been professional news men. 

A|S Walter F. Gallagher, Jr., 
and his staff, who are now 
flying, have had the job (and 
pleasure) of running the paper 
for the past twelve weeks and have 
done a truly fine job. As the new 
crew looked over the amount of 
work to be done weekly before the 
Continutd oh Pdgt 3 

Lt. Madison 
Is Acting CO. 

First Lt. Christian K. Madison, 
Jr., is now acting Commandipg Of- 
ficer of the 58th College Training 
Detachment during Capt. Richard 
J. Congleton's absence. 

Lt. Madison's home is in Arling- 
ton, Mass. He attended Bates Col- 
lege in Maine; pursued theological 
studies at Harvard for one year, 
then traveled to Chicago, where he 
was Ass't. Boy Scout District Exe- 
cutive. He was well liked by all 
of his commandees, as he is here 
at Mass. State. Lt. Madison en- 
tered the Army early in 1942. He 
graduated from O.C.S. in October 
1942, and was assigned to Max- 
well Field, Ala. as Tactical Offi- 
cer. Lt. Madison has been with this 
Detachment ever since its inau- 
guration in March, 1943. He re- 
ceived his appointment as First Lt. 
in July, 1943. 

Capt. Congleton left last Mon- 
day following the visit of Major 
Continued on Page 2 
* » » 

General Miles 
Inspects 58th 

An official visit to the 58th Col- 
lege Training Detachment was 
made Monday morning of 15 No- 
vember by Major General Sherman 
Miles, Commanding General, First 
Service Command of the Army 
Service Force. While General Miles 
was on the campus he inspected the 
quarters and day rooms in Lewis 
and Thatcher Halls. An inspection 
was also made of the Infirmary 
and Hospital. 

During his tour of the campus. 
General Miles visited the Army 
Specialized Training Program-Re- 
serve Officers Training Corps Unit 
and after leaving Mass. State Cam- 
pus a visit, was also made of the 
65th Army Air Force Technical 
Training Detachment and Army 
Specialized Training Program Unit 
of Amherst College. 

Open Post 
Thanksgiving Day 

Good News For 
Members Of 58th 

Instructions received from Hdq. 
of the 58th C.T.D. indicated that 
all Aviation Students of the De- 
tachment will have the privileges 
of Open Post from 0700 to 1900 on 
Thanksgiving Day. 

The feature attraction of the day 
will be the SUPER Thanksgiving 
Day Dinner planned by Mr. John- 
son, manager of the mess hall. The 
meal will include everything from 
Turkey through pie, ice cream, can- 
dy and cigarettes. A menu will be 
printed and will be available for 
each Aviation Student of the Post 
as a souvenir or actual proof of 
the pleasant days spent at the 
58th C.T.D. 

In order to allow Mr. Johnson 
to make his plans; for the day to 
run smoothly and to enable the 
Students to eat without rushing, 
it is necessary to know the exact 
number of men who intend to eat 
dinner on the Post. Each man 
should decide now, and be ready 
to report his intentions when they 
are requested early next week. 
There will be two designated times 
for eating. The Sqdns. will be con- 
tacted and informed of the de- 
tails within the next few days. Ad- 
herence to the schedule and the 
•cooperation of the men will pre- 
vent over-crowding and rushing at 
meal time and add to the enjoy- 
ment of the good food to be served. 

Visiting Chaplain 

The 58th C.T.D. entertained a 
distinguished visitor last Thurs- 
day, 18 November. Chaplain Harold 
A. Dunkelberger, Capt. Air Corps, 
spent that day here at the de- 

The Chaplain visited the mess- 
hall, several classrooms and study 
halls. He also was an interested 
Conlinmed on Pttge 4 



A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 
LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 
Editor-in-Chief WAYNE L. MOORE 

Assistant Editor WILLIAM H. ORNDORFF 

Features Editor WARREN E. POST 


Squadron News Editor STEWART J. PETRIE 


Week-end Activities WALTER A. NORDSTROM 

Biographies WILLIAM J. MILLER 

Photographer JOHN PRETTO 


This is not a publication of the War Department and the views herein should not 
be construed as those of the War Department. 


"Take Off" rec^ves ' Camp Newspaper Service piaterial. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 


THE SHIP "Mayflower" landed on the shore of Massachu- 
setts at Plymouth in 1620 bearing a band of stalwart men 
and women \vho were destined to become the founders of 
this great nation. This group set to work to make a home in 
an inclement wilderness. That they endured countless hard- 
ships during a long and cold winter can certainly be appre- 
ciated by those of us who are feeling the icy blasts of cold, 
raw weather for the iirst time. They toiled as only men can 
toil while engaged in a project such as theirs. To call it a 
struggle is understatement. It was a fight in every sense of 
the word. They had to fight the forest for shelter. They had 
to fight the rock-filled ground to plant their crops. They had 
to fight the rain and cold and frost to get these crops to 
grow. They fought with a strong will, and in the end, succeed- 
ed. Their corn and grain began to growT In the late summer 
and early fall, when the days began to grow shorter, they 
harvested. A cold wind reminded them that the dreaded win- 
ter was on the way. When all the crops were stowed within 
their barns, they rested momentarily. Then, to thank the 
Lord who had seen them bountifully provided for, they set 
aside a day to feast and ofl^er their prayers of thanks to Him. 

As we review this year of ours, we, too", have much to be 
thankful for. We are engaged in a conflict more terrible than 
the world has ever seen before, but, with the selfsame help 
the Lord saw fit to give our Pilgrim forefathers, we are suc- 
ceeding. We have not finished our fight.. We are far from 
the finish. Just as the pilgrims were far from their ultimate 
goal on that first Thanksgiving when they gave thanks, we 
too give thanks for what we have received thus far. We too 
continue to place our trust in the future, and, in placing that 
trust, we know we will triumph, as did the Plymouth band 
because our will and faith are the same as -theirs. 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre, Amherst 

SATURDAY: "Hit the Ice" Ab- 
bot and Costello. 
SUNDAY: "Adventures of Tar- 
tu" wi'th Robert Donet. 
Calvin Theatre, Northampton 

"For Whom The Bell Tolls" with 
Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman. 
Academy of Music, Northampton 
SATURDAY: "Sleepy Lagoon" 
Judy Canova 

SUNDAY: "Somewhere in 
Prance" Constance Cummings 
and Robert Morley 

Continued on Page } 


As Seen By 

A New Editor" 

(From advance Base Hdq. some- 
where in Massachusetts.) 

Tonight I sit here neath the 
stars in the camp of our forces, in 
a strange spot called El Thatcher- 
hallamein. I've just finished a cup 
of GI coffee which after today's 
hectic trip tastes good. The survi- 
vors of the foray into the enemy 
territory are seated around their 
campfires reading tbe mail which 
has been brought up by an armored 
command car. So much happened 
in the action tonight and happened 
so fast that is is difficult to get it 
onto paper as it happened. 

Darkness found us just outside 
the limits of the enemy. Creeping 
along in single file we passed the 
door. The Col., who was in the 
lead, passed the word back "Gas". 
Quickly but silently we donned our 
masks. I had a little difficulty with 
mine because I had neglected to 
remove the fibre form which is 
packed in a gas mask. One of the 
Rangers helped me, muttering 
something unprintable about cor- 
respondents. We found the whole 
area filled with a hazy blue-gray 
smoke which we were unable to 
identify. One of our men, an ex- 
pert on war .gases, said it was a 
cross between Phosgene and cheap 
cigarette smoke combined with 
burning hair. We were apparently 
discovered because we next heard 
a terrific roar on our left from a 
concealed nest labeled "Editor". At 
the same time two machine gun 
typewriters burst loose and en- 
gulfed us in a crossfire of semi- 
colons. Overhead 2 medium bomb- 
ers broke loose from their sus- 
pension threads and dived on us. 
Then the .commander gave what 
was apparently the signal to at- 
tack. He shouted, "Where the (5 
words censored here) is the editor- 
ial?" Wi'th this all creation broke 
loose. Shouting war cries a horde 
of savage looking men with wild 
gleams in their eyes, attacked us. 
They hurled glue pot bombs at us, 
hurled javelins like pencils and pen.s 
at us, and then let forth a barrage 
of old "melting pot" galley proofs. 
Finally we were assailed with pa- 
per airplanes made from old edi- 
torials. This was more than any 
group could be expected to with- 
stand so we beat a hasty retreat. 

It's very peaceful now out here 
under the stars. You can hear 
occasionally in the distance a 
rumble from Siditakeoffice. 

Test Your 
Air Force I.Q. 

1. Match the aircraft with its 
country of manufacture. 

Arado Italian 

Breda German 

Schweizer American 

Anson English 

2. What do the following letters 
indicate on a plane, preceding its 
registration number? 

a. NR 

b. NC 

c. NX 

d. N 

3. The American plane that 
"pays off thru its nose" is the: 

4. Does the Swastika appear on 
the wings and fuselage of German 
planes ? 

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Lt. Madison is Acting CO. 

Continued from Page 1 

General Sherman Miles, Command- 
ing General of the First Service 
Command, Army Service Force. 
Capt. Congleton was appointed to 
temporary duty by the Command- 
ing General of the Army Air 
Force, Eastern Plying Training 
Command, as a member of the 
Contract Renegotiation Committee 
dealing with ' colleges devoting 
their services towards the College 
Training for the Army Air For- 

Prior to the Captain's leaving. 
Major General Miles inspected the 
entire Detachment, including the 
quarters, day rooms, dining halls 
and various formations. Capt. Con- 
gleton will return to resume his 
duties as Commanding Officer here 
as soon as his assigned duties arc 
performed. i 






To any football fan .who knows 
the difference between a punt and 
a punk, today's Notre Dame vs. 
Iowa game promises to be a very 
interesting battle. Both teams are 
unbeaten and have an array of 
stars who are very adept in the 
handling of a pigskin. 

Both teams are fortified with 
plenty of "whampower". The Sea- 
hawks haven't forgotten what the 
Irish did to them when they met 
last season. Being humbly defeated 
28-0 broke their string of four con- 
secutive victories over strong e- 

Although the Notre Dame vs. 
Iowa game has the spotlight today, 
let's take a look at the Army team 
at West Point which is playing 
Brown University. The only team 
that has succeeded in beating 
Brown U. this season is Holy 
Cross. The Army team isn't going 
to find them any pushover. If 
Army's Glenn Davis manages to 
pass his subjects and gets in the 
game, he may prove to be the de- 
ciding factor. While the Army has 
Davis; BroviTi U. has Doc Savage, 
who last week scored two touch- 
downs and passed for two others 
in exciting plays. Any way you 
look at this game, it is a toss up 
one way or another. 

Let's turn our heads from the 
gridiron and take a look at the 
hockey standing. We find that the 
Montreal team is still lead.'ng the 
league with Chicago and Toronto 
in second and third places respec- 
tively. The hockey standings up to, 
but not including Thursday night 
showing the number of games won, 
lost and tied and also the number 
of points scored, gives a good in- 
dication of the strength of the 
respective teams. 

Teams: W L T Pts. 

Montreal 5 1 11 

Chicago 4 3 8 

Toronto 3 2 2 8 

Detroit 2 ' 2 2 6 

Boston 2 2 15 

Rangers 7 

The picture of local sports shows 
the follovjring schedule for the In- 
terflight Basketball Tournament 
from 22 November to and includ- 
ing 26 November: (Referees to be 
provided by Squadrons shown in 

Monday, 22 


A— 1 B— 1 


vs. vs. 


A— 2 B— 2 

E— 1 

(C— 1) (C— 2) 

(C— 3) 

Tuesday, 23 


C— 1 E— 2 

D— 1 

vs. vs. 


C— 2 E— 3 

, D— 2 

(A— 1) (A— 2) (A— 3) 

Wednesday, 24 Nov. 

A— 1 B— 1 A— 2 

vs. vs. vs. 

A— 3 C— 1 E— 1 

(D— 1) (D— 2) (D— 3) 

Friday, 26 Nov. 
B— 2 E— 2 D— 1 

vs. vs. vs. 

C— 2' C— 3 D— 3 

(E— 1) (E— 3) (B— 1) 

There is no game scheduled for 
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, 
the dinner scheduled for that day, 
which, in view of the description of 
is probably just as well. The time- 
keepers and scorekeepers will be 
furnished by Squadrons A, B, C, 
and E, on Monday, Tuesday, Wed- 
nesday, and Friday, respectively. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued jrom Page 2 
Amherst U.S.O. 

"Open House" on Saturday and 
Sunday afternoons until 18:00. 
Saturday evenings invitations 
are required. 

Refreshments will be served both 
afternoons and evenings 

Northampton U.S.O 
Informal gathering Saturday and 

Smith College, Northampton 
SATURDAY: Concert by the 
Harvard Smith Glee Club at 
20:00. Everyone is invited, es- 
pecially A|S's. 

Regular Saturday evening dance 
at Smith College Canteen. 
SUNDAY: Vesper services at 
17:00, with Father Allen Whitt- 
more, Superior of the Order 
Holy Cross, West Park, New 

Carnegie Hall: Northampton 
Regular Saturday evening dance 
from 20:20 to 23:45., featuring 
Ray Black and his 10 piece or- 
chestra. All aviation students are 
especially welcome. 

On the Campus: 
S. C. Coding, Chairman of Fine 

Arts Council announces that its 
second program in this year's 
series will be presented Sun- 
day afternoon, 21, November, at 
1300, in Old Chapel. This will 
be a Faculty Recital by Esther 
Strong Clapp, soprano; Maurice 
Freedman, violinist; and George 
Leland Nichols, pianist. 
Everyone is cordially invited to 
attend, especially the A|S's. 
The class of '47 will hold an in- 
formal dance at the Drill Hall, 
Saturday 20 November, from 
2000 to 2330. All A|S's are 
cordially invited. 
Movies at Stockbridge Hall at 
1950, Saturday 20 November. No 
admission. Members of the new 
Sq. -A are especially invited. 
BOWLING: Free bowling at 
Memorial Hall during post hours. 

Church Services 

Protestant services Sunday, 21, 
November, at 09:00 in Memorial 

Catholic services, St. Brigid's 
Church in Amherst. Formation 
at 07:50 in front of Thatcher 
Hall. Confessions tonight at 
Memorial Hall from 18:45 — 

Hebrew services, 389 North Plea- 
sant St., at 02:00. Formation at 
13:20 in front of Thatcher Hall. 
Wesley Methodist Church; ser- 
vices at 10:30. 

Grace Episcopal Church; servic- 
es, at 11:00. 

First Baptist Church: services 
at 10:45. 

First Congregational Church: 
services at 10:30. 
Unity Unitarian Church: servic- 
es at 10:45. 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 
Services at 07:00, 08:30, 10:00 
and 11:00. 

United Services Thanksgiving 
Day, at 10:00, in Grace Episco- 
pal Church, sponsored by the 
Town Council of Churches. 
Vesper Service at 1700, in Me- 
morial Hall, Sunday 21, Novem- 
ber Rabbi Leo Trepp of Green- 
field, Mass. will be guest speaker. 

New Take Off Staff 

Ccutinued jrom Page 1 
paper can go to press, it seemed 
impressive that the old staff has 
maintained such a high standard 
during their period of operation. 
This is, incidentally, the longest 
any one staff has been in charge. 
To them we give a hearty "thanks" 
and good luck. 


How would you like to pay 
$10.00 for a steak dinner; $15.00 
for four-fifths of a pint of liquor; 
$1.25 for a cup of coffee and a 
sandwich; $.25 for a Coke; $4.00 
for a breakfast of ham and eggs? 
That is; you would pay these prices 
if you were lucky enough to find 
these ai'ticles available. That's A- 

Our personality of the week paid 
these prices during his six months 
in Alaska while working on the 
Alcan Highway. 

His name, Owen "Buck" Neust- 
rom, a likeable fellow who has done 
everything from raising choice pigs 
to nearly freezing to death in 
temperatures of 70 degrees below 

Buck is a blond haired, blue eyed 
lad who spent his early life with 
eight brothers and sisters on "one 
of the best farms in the state of 

The choice hog raising is on 
the level as he took the Reserve 
Grand Champion Prize for raising 
hogs while a member of the 4-H 
Club of Iowa in 1936. He is also a 
crack "hog caller" but is reluctant 
to admit it. I wonder why ? ? ? 
He served 5 months in a CCC 
camp in Iowa, and during that 
period he was Ass't. Educational 
Adviser, Editor and Publisher of 
the camp newspaper as well as 
canteen steward. 

"Buck's" thirst for adventure led 
him to join the engineering com- 
pany engaged in constructing the 
Alcan" Highway connecting Pair- 
banks and Edmonton, Canada. A- 
long with a group of sixty-five 
other men plus all of their equip- 
ment they cut over one hundred 
miles of wilderness. The "woods 
were so thick that the men driving 
the lead caterpillaris from the two 
ends of the highway, which even- 
tually met within six inches, were 
almost on top of each other be- 
fore they were aware of theii- 

Even though the crew spent two 
weeks fighting forest fires and 
were harassed by blinding snow- 
storms and the lack of repairs for 
equipment and the rugged terrain, 
the road was completed three 
months ahead of schedule. 

The biggest thrill of his lifetime 
was not winning the Grand Champ- 
ion Hog contest of Iowa nor being 
awarded the roller skating cham- 
Centinutd on Pag* 4 


Good Moaning! 




Squadron News 

Squadron E 

That name up there isn't the first gag — It's real 
and mine^and equally loved by my mother and E. Bergen. 
One bright light for Snerd, he can only think as fast as Ber- 
gen, I have to keep up with five professors . . Enough 
of- that bragging and complaining). 

An invite for you C.T.D.ers to step along vdth me for 
awhile and maybe I'll help you forget . . About the Soph- 
omore year you missed when you were absent for two days . 
. . About the Physics course that accelerates a year a 
week . . . About the great future you have painting the 
airways . . About the First Aid Course that eliminates 
the study of slow bleeding because it takes too long . . 

About the Lewis Hall bedroom closets where you close the 
door and the door-knob gets in bed with you . . About 
sick call with a T.S. in every box of Kleenex . . About the 
Lieutenant who says, "Mortimer, have you got any paja- 
mas?" . . "No Sir!!!" . . "Well, stop sleeping in your 
pants." . . About the dust on the desk you couldn't clean 
off because you didn't have a shovel . . About Face — 
You wouldn't be a bad looking guy if you took your gas 
mask off. 

. Mary had a little lamb. 
The doctor almost fainted. 

Little Audrey, mad as hell 

Pushed her sister in the well 
Said her mother drawing water 
Gee, its hard to raise a daughter. 
About girls — It takes a lot of experience for a girl to kiss 
like a beginner. 

Personality of the week: Hideout Canter, founder of the 
Gallop Poll, horsemeat raiser by hobby, after a number of 
years of eating tender tendons came down last week with in- 
digestion and other complications. Careful diagnosis laid the 
indigestion to the fault of the butcher who failed to remove 
the jockey. The complications being a running nose due to 
a bad "colt". 

About Motherhood 

About Mother 


Continued from Page 3 
pionship of the Far North but on 
being present at the ceremonies of 
the cutting of the ribbon which of- 
ficially opened the Alcan Highway. 
A few months later "Buck's" ar- 
my career began with his receiving 
those famous "Greetings" from 
Uncle Sam. He was inducted into 
the Medical Corps in which he 
served as a surgical technician 
prior to his transfer to the Army 
Air Corps and his being stationed 
here with the 58th C.T.D. 
When it comes to hobbies. Buck, 

like his fellowmen, has a few also. 
They are: dancing, model plane 
construction and listening to the 
music of Cab Calloway. (Maybe 
this would be a good place to men- 
tion again his hog calling ability.) 

He is set on being a pursuit pilot 
and plans on staying with the 
Army Air Corps, if wings sprout... 

The call of The Yukon is strong 
in his blood and he yearns to re- 

Okay, fellows, there is a little 
about a swell guy but there is more 
to be had so look him up for a 

A|S "Lippy" Desrosiers should 
give the "Hot Pilots" their P.T. in 
his native tongue and more of the 
boys would understand. "By the 
way, "Lippy" are you planning to 
come back to America after the 

^That's this about A|S El Touro 
Gallagher with a tin cup? Is he 
looking for coffee funds after a 
double header? 

Mother Nature dug deep into her 
bag of tricks and out popped A|S 
Cannon; they tell me he took a 
shower last week from the wet 
end of a waste paper basket. 

What ho!! Bucknell!!!! A|S 
Grisogilio, our little "Robin Good- 
fellow", will be walking the square 
instead of dancing it unless he 
banks away from Cpl. Robbins. 

Squadron D 

A|S "Pinky" Jones knows that 
his_ sea bag is the real thing. It 
has a habit of longing for the 
ocean and taking off for the water. 
It usually finds the nearest water 
in the shower at Lewis Hall. 

In what way does A|S Wally 
Cruikshank, our new Color Ser- 
geant, resemble a tail skid or the 
tillerman of a ladder truck?' 

A|S Earl Cruikshank will be glad 
to give anyone lessons in photogra- 
phy. Get him to show you the last 
roll of lovely shots he made. 

A|S McAnulty is Sq. D's own 
Burton Holmes. He had a lovely 
trip the week-end before last. 
"Mac" should make a swell navi- 

Squadron C 

(Due to" unavoidable circumstan- 
ces, Sq C's notes were not re- 
ceived in time for inclusion this 
week. Don't feel "Hoited", boys — 
we'll take care of you next week.) 

Squadron B 

Sq. B, proudly presents its com- 
mander A|S Quigley — ^the only 
man who stretches to his full 
height and looks you straight in 
the knees. 

Wrinkled foreheads and scratch- 
sore heads are the aftermath of 
Sq. B's clash with a new subject — 

Seems that A|S Mort Matz, Sq. 
B's funny man, is not the only 

humorist on the campus. Two Phy- 
sics professors, having discovered 
a couple "smooching" on the steps 
of the Physics Building, sneaked 
in the back way and played a re- 
cording for the couple entitled, 
"Kiss Me Again." 

A|S Remington, the only man in 
P.T. who consistently does a sit- 
ting, standing position of atten- 
tion at the same time. "What's the 
story Steve, swept off your feet 
by remote control?" 

Squadron A 

If you hear some loud voices 
sounding off about Pennsylvania, 
you'll know that the new Squadron 
A is about to make its appearance. 
When the beauty of M.S.C. first hit 
the sore eyes of the new men, the 
sight really made the boys wonder 
if they were ' actually going to live 
in these new buildings, or whether 
tents were going to be pitched on 
the nearby greens. Some of the 
thoughts of the boys were as fol- 
lows: A|S Michaels: "I'm finally 
in College; if my wife could only 
see me now!" A|S Aaronson "Gee, 
how soon can I become Captain of 
this Squadron?" These thoughts 
probably prove something about 
the minds of soldiers, but this is 
neither the time nor place to ana- 
lyse. The top surprise of the 58th 
C.T.D. pulled on the boys was the 
unsurpassed chow. To the unsus- 
pecting new Aviation Students 
the issue of the delicious food was 
almost unbalancing. Heard from 
the corner table from A|S Pal- 
merio; "Say, this is better than 
what Mother used to try to make." 
"Are you from Pittsburg too?" 
was asked of AIS Madden by one 
of the pretty servers at the Mess 
hall, and A|S Madden is still try- 
ing to figure it out. 

Visiting Chaplain 

Confmued from Pag* 1 
spectator of the physical condi- 
tioning being given a group of A|S 
at the physical education building. 
Being especially interested in the 
spiritual welfare of the A|S here 
at the detachment, much of the 
Chaplain's time while here was 
devoted to contacting the various 
members of the local clergy. Chap- 
lain Dunkelberger commented fav- 
orably on the religious activities 
of all faiths offered to the men of 
the detachment. 




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Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessionis today from 1600 to 
1800 and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0700, 0830 
1000, and 1100. Aviation Stu- 
dents are requested to attend the 
0830 Mass, if possible. 
Wesley Methodist Church: 

Servicers tomorrow at 1030. 
First Congregational Church: 
Serviceis tomorrow at 1030. 
First Baptist Church: 

Services tomorrow at 1045. 
Unity Unitarian Church: 

Services tomorrow at 1045. 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services tomorrow at 1100. 
Hebrew Services: 

Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street on Sunday after- 
noons at 1400. 
Note: The following schedule will 
be followed by members of Squad- 
ron A: 

Continued on Page 2 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst U.S.O. 

Mrs. Myers, hostess, reminds the 
Aviation Students of the avail- 
ability of the free package-wrap- 
ping service. This service is a- 
vailable during any of the hours 
that the U.S.O. is open. 
SATURDAY: Open House until 
1800; refreshments available. 
SUNDAY: Open House, with 
free dancing instructions from 
1600 to 1730, and every Sun- 
day thereafter. 

Northampton U.S.O: 

Informal gatherings Saturday 
and Sunday, with refreshments 
Saturday night. Free parcel 
checking Service. 

Amherst Theatre: 

SATURDAY: "Sweet Rosie 0'- 
Grady" in Technicolor, with Bet- 
ty Grable and Robert Young. 
SUNDAY: "The Man from 
Down Under", with Charles 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
Hope in "Let's Pace R", and 
"The Saint Meets The Tiger". 

Continued on Page 2 

Members Of The 58th 

Enjoy Thanksgiving 

Day Feast 

THERE were some mighty sat- 
isfied looks on the faces of the stu- 
dent members of the 58th C.T.D. 
last Thursday afternoon. Reason: 
A delicious Thanksgiving repast 
was served to them that noon at 
the mess hall . . . midst joyous 

Tom Turkey was King of the 
festival. He waiS attended by many 
of his most faithful consorts: Earl 
Old Fashioned Dressing, Sir Gib- 
let Gravy, Princess Green Pea, 
Sir Squash, Duke Whipped Potato, 
Duchess Candied Sweet Potato, 
Mince Pie and Apple Pie. Also 
present and very popular were 
Chilled Fruit Cocktail, Stuffed Ol- 
ives, Celery Hearts, Cranberry 
Sauce, Fresh Tomatoes, Parker 
House Rolls, Milk and Coffee. 

The festive board was enhanced 
with a tray of fresh fruits and 
assorted nuts. Cigars and cigar- 
ettes were also in abundance on 
the tables and were well received 
by the A|S. A very attractively 
printed menu was given to each 
man as a souvenir of the occasion. 
BIr. W. O. Johnson, manager of the 
mess hall, also personally handed 
to every A|S eating there a tasty 
chocolate bar. 

Mr. Johnson and his staff of 
some thirty-five persons are to be 
highly praised not only for the ex- 
cellence of the Thanksgiving meal 
and the manner in which it was 
served, but also for the fact that 
every meal served is of excellent 
quality as well as being "swell 
eating". We 'students of the 58th 
C.T.D. are also fully aware of 
and appreciate the fact that the 
food served is outstandingly nu- 

We like especially the hot Park- 
er House rolls served so frequent- 
ly, the boxes of cold, crisp apples 
(grown on the college campus) 
waiting at the exits for us to 
dig into, i;he variety of salads and 

the steak to name a few. 

Continued on Page 3 



Members Of The New 
on A Have Seen Combat 

New Sunday Open 
Post Schedule 

It was announced by Headquar- 
ters this week that a new schedule 
of open post hours for Sunday 
would become effective tomorrow, 
28 November, 1943. According to 
the new schedule, open post will 
start on Sundays at 0800 and will 
terminate at 1800. 

The new schedule will be follow- 
ed by the 58th C.T.D. together with 
all other C.T.D. 's in the area of the 
Eastern Flying Training Com- 
mand, in accordance with the 
policy outlined by Headquarters 
of the Command at Maxwell Field, 

Visiting Officers 

During the past week, the De- 
tachment was honored by visits by 
three officers prominent in ithe ad- 
ministration of Army activities in 
ths area. On Tuesday, Lt. Col. 
Lawrence E. Johnson of the First 
Service Command and Capt. Pey- 
ton D. Bibb of Hq., AAF Eastern 
Flying Training Command, visited 
Headquarters. On Wednesday, Lt. 
Col. Lee H. Tucker of the First 
Service Command visited the De- 
tachment in connection with War 
Bonds Sales act'vities. The latter 
visit had particular significance 
for Col. Tucker, since he spent 
several years as a student on the 
M.S.C. campus. 


eretta To Be 
Given By Co-eds 

Forty-five young ladies of Mass- 
achusetts State College are mem- 
bers of the all-female choi'us of 
the operetta, "The Mikado", which 
will be presented Friday, 3 Dec. 
and Saturday, 4 Dec. by the 
combined musical clubs, accord- 
ing to an announcement made by 
Continued on Page 2 

Since the arrival of our new 
Squadron A, the 58th College 
Training Detachment can now 
boast more than ever before of the 
wide range of experiences and for- 
mer duties of the men who make 
up the detachment. With Squadron 
A came men from the four corners 
of the earth, from practically all 
of the different combat areas of 
World War No. 2, men who han- 
dled rifles and artillery on the 
ground and others who were be- 
hind the guns in the air, technical- 
ly trained men from aviation me- 
chanics through communications 
experts who have had months of 
actual practice in combat areas, 
including a liaison pilot with eight- 
hundred logged hours. Included in 
this group are men who have wit- 
nessed and fought in the Pearl 
Harbor attack of 7 Dec, those who 
have fought in other battles of the 
war and those who had their 
Thanksgiving Day dinner a year 
ago in fox holes dodging bullets 
as they ate. These are the men 
who most enjoyed our Thanks- 
givng Day feast here at the 58th 
last Thursday. 

Following is a list of some of 
the men of Squadron A who have 
seen active duty over-seas and an 
account of their duties: 

A|S John F. Rodriguez, the 
Squadron Commander of Squadron 
A, who is very deserving of the 
job assigned him here at the 58th 
as proven by his thirty-four 
months over-seas duty at Hawaii 
and iln the South Pacific. Rodriguez 
was with the anti-aircraft artillery 
and participated in the defense 
during the Pearl Harbor attack. 

A|S Robert L. Mighton, second 
n command of Squadron A, has 
had thirty-three months of over- 
seas duty. At the time of the Pearl 
Harbor attack, Mighton was work- 
ing in the Navy Yard and was an 
eye witness of the action. 

A|S Roy B. Buckley, a Crew 

Sergeant in Squadron A, has had 

twenty two months with the Air 

Continued on Page 2 



A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th College Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 


Editor-in-Chief WAYNE L. MOORE 

Assistant Editor WILLIAM H. ORNDORFF 

Features Editors j STEWART J. PETRIE 


"Good Moaning" MORTIMER MATZ 

"Sports" ^DONALD P. MESKA 

-Week-end Activities" WALTER -A. NORDSTROM 

"Biographies" WILLIAM J. MILLER 

Photographer ' JOHN PRETTO 


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Many Members of New Sqd. 

Continued from page 1 
Force in the South Pacific with 
communications duties. 

A|S R. H. Dutton, Flight Lieu- 
tenant of the third flight, lias had 
twenty months with the Ground 
Crew of the Air Forces in the 
South Pacific as an armorer. A|S 
Dutton spunt six months on Guad- 

A|S C. E. 'Miller, a Crew Ser- 
geant, spent ten months in Hawaii 
and ten months on Canton Island 
with the Air Force. A]S Miller was 
a Ground Crew Chief. 

A|S Robert W. Townsend was 
with the Medical Corp for twenty 
months in the South Pacific. 

A|S James R. Price, Flight Ser- 
geant of the third flight, was in 
the South Pacific for sixteen 
months with the Corps of Engi- 
neers as an Aviation Engineer. 

A|S Robert M. Purrdle hais spent 
fourteen months in England and is 
a liaison pilot with eight-hundred 
logged hours. 

A|S Walter F. Tacket for eleven 
months was with the Aviation En- 
gineers at Guadalcanal and New 
Caledonia Island. 

A|S Orville L. Davis was on 
Guadalcanal and the New Hebrides 
Islands for eleven months. He was 
with Aviation Ordnance. 

A|S Frank A. McChesney, 'Squa- 
dron A's Flight Lieutenant of the 
second flight, has had seven months 
service at Hawaii. McChesney is 
another witness of the Pearl Har- 
bor attack and at that time was 
with a Crash Boat Patrol. 

A]S Richard Dixon, Supply Ser- 
geant of Squadron A, was station- 
ed at Hickman Field as a Weather 
Observer for seven months. 

A|S El Ray Fort for six months 
was with the Ground Crew of the 
Air Force in Hawaii as an Armor- 

A|.S Hershel L. Davenport, 
Flight Sergeant of the first fiight, 
was for six months, a Classified 
Carrier of Documents. He was with 
the Air Force in Hawaii. 

A|S Francis N. Strobel was with 
the Air Force in Hawaii for six 
months as an Armorer. 

A|S Charles P. Duck has had five 
and one-half months as Air Corp 
Supply C'.erk with the Air Force 
in England. 

A|S Charles Nevins was with the 
Air Corp Ordnance for five months 
in England. 

AfS Russell J. Sappington, 
Flight Sergeant of the second 
flight had four and one-half months 
in Hawaii with the Air Force as a 
Radio Maintenance Man. 

A|S Raymond W. Smith was 
with the Air Force in Hawaii for 
four months connected with com 

A|,S Charles G. Riddling was Ista 
tioned at Hickman Field for four 
months as Technical Wing In- 

A|S Donald W. Hough spent two 
months in England as a Personnel 

We feel sure that there are 
others in Squadron A that we did- 
n't have the opportunity to con- 
tact and for this we apologize. 
We are very proud of the job that 
these and other men like them 
have started and those of us who 
didn't have the opportunity are 
looking forward to the time vfhea 
we can help apply the finishing 
touches to the job. 

Church Services 

Continued from Pagi 1 
Catholic: Confessions will be 
heard tonight at Memorial Hall, 
Room 1, from 1845 to 1930. Men 
desiring to attend Mass tomor- 
row will meet formation at the 
parking lot behind the Mess Hall 
at 0750. 

Protestant: Service will be held 
at Memorial Hall tomorrow at 
0900. Aviation Students wishing 
to attend will proceed directly to 
Memorial Hall; there will be no 

Hebrew: Aviation Students de- 
siring to attend the services at 
the Hillel Foundation House, 
389 North Pleasant Street, will 
meet formation in front of That- 
cher Hall at 1320. 
On the Campus: 

The Vesper services usually held 
at Memorial Hall on Sunday af- 
ternoons will be omitted this 
week, due to the Thanksgiving 
recess for the College students. 
They will be resumed next week, 
5 December, 1943, when Dr. 
James Gordon Gilkey will be the 
guest preacher. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 1 
Academy of Music Theatre, North- 

SATURDAY: "Sahara", with 
Humphrey Bogart. 
SUNDAY: "Two Senoritas from 
Chicago", with Joan Davis and 
Jinx Falkenburg. 

Carnegie Hall: 

SATURDAY: Dancing to the 
music of Ray Black's orchestra 
from 1800 to 2330. 
Red Cross Services: 
Mending for servicemen in the 
Red Cross rooms over the Am- 
herst Savings Bank on Saturday 
from 1500 to 1800. 

Operetta To Be Given 

Continued from Page 1 
Doric Alviani of the college music 

The operetta will be a wartime 
production. The co-eds will sing 
both men's and women's parts be- 
cause of the marked decrease in 
the enrollment of the men students 
at the college. Simple drapes and 
backdrops will replace the usually 
elaborate stage effects, as a war- 
time economy measure. Lines and 
lyrics will be re-written to bring 
the operetta up to date on the war 
in the light of present-day condit- 

A special performance of the 

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1. The following numbers indi- 
cate what American War planes? 

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6. What famous bomber began 
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7. Aircraft spotting uses the 
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servicemen stationed on the State 
college campus. 





"Old Man Pigskin" went into 
hibernation for another year at 
the major colleges last Saturday. 
There were a lo't of surprising re- 
sults of the gam^s that day. 

Army's great team blasted help- 
less Brown University right off the 
gridiron, 59 to 0, with Army's 
Jack Minor and Glenn Davis pro- 
viding most of the scores and 
thrills for the fans. 

Michigan's great star-studded 
Navy-Marine trainee team swamp- 
ed Ohio State's Buckeyte 45 to 7. 
Michigan and Purdue share the Big 
Ten Crown by virtue of Purdue's 
7 to win over a good Indiana 
eleven. Columbia's Lions let out a 
mighty roar in their game with 
Colgate but 'the Raiders cracked 
their whips and really tamed the 
Lions, 41 to 0. Other games were 
Penn State 14, Pitt. 0; Duke 27, 
N. Carolina 6; Rice 13, T.C.U. 6; 
Minnesota 25, Wisconsin 13; Great 
Lakes 25, Marquette 6. 

The biggeist surprise of last Sat- 
urday occurred a'fc Notre Dame Sta- 
dium in South Bend, Indiana, 
where the Navy Cadets from Iowa 
were barely nipped by the Irish 
14 to 13. The Seahawks clearly 
outplayed the Indiana team but the 
Irish luck and two points kicked 
by Fred Early saved Notre Dame. 

The big game of today is the 
Army-Navy tussle. Both teams 
have been spfftty this year. To this 
writer the game Stacks up as Ar- 
my's by 10 points. Army's Minor, 
Kenna and Davis will prove too 
much for the fighting Middies. 

The professional teams are 
drawing to a close of one of their 
best seasons with the Bears of the 
Windy City of Chicago and 
the Wajshington Redskins lead- 
ing their respective divisions. 
The Bears and Redskins played a 
preview of the championship play- 
off last Sunday with the mighty 
Bears being humbled by the Capi- 
tol City team 21 to 7. Baugh's 
paJssing and Cafego proved too 
much for Luckman and the Bears. 
Both teams were previously unde- 
feated this season. Other games 
saw the Green Bay Packers, with 
Alabama's 1933 Ail-American Don 
Hutson setting a pasis catching rec- 
ord, defeat Brooklyn 31 to 7. New 
York beat the Chicago Cards 24 to 
13 and the Phil-Pitt Steagles nipp- 
ed Detroit 35 to 34. 

In the realm of 'the ring, the im- 
portant bout last week was be- 
tweeen Bob Montgomery, who 
reigned over the lightweight divi- 
sion, and Beau Jack, a young negro 
from the sunny South who was a 
former boot-black in a Country 
Club. Beau Jack had the stamina 
to keep Montgomery off and s'till 
pile up enough points to clearly 
defeat the Champion. Beau Jack 
lost the title to Montgomery last 
May in a bout in which Jack looked 
as bad as he did good last Friday 

A look at ithe Hockey situation 
sees the Les Canadiens of Montreal 
still keeping their slim lead with 
the Ch'cago Bruins hot on their 
heels. The National Hockey League 
is getting into full iswing now and 
for the lovers of this fast and 
furious sport the Canadians, Bru- 
ins and the Detroit Red Wings 
promise to be the hot teams of the 
ice this season. 

Members of the 58th 

Continued from Page 1 

Mr. Johnson's staff includes two 
chefs, two head cooks, one dieti- 
tian, many full time cooks as well 
as part time servers and kitchen 
aids from the civilian student body. 
Many have had years of valuable 
experience along their particular 

Miss Doris C. Drury, for ex 
ample, was for nine years dietitian 
at the Springfield Hospital. It is 
her responsibility to see that the 
diet given the A|S contains the 
proper food values and vitamins 
in the correct proportions. We have 
a slight suspicion too that she is 
also partically responsible for our 
being served some of those luscious 
desserts we enjoy eating so much. 

Mr. Johnson is himself a Mass. 
State College graduate. He also 
attended the Hotel Course at Cor- 
nell University. Previous to his 
being appointed manager in 1939, 
he had been assistant manager 
since 1935. He has a very evident 
interest in the "boys" at the De- 
tachment as well as a great desire 
to serve the best possible meals. 
We think he does! 

Captain Congleton and Mr. John- 
son together have worked out a 
very effective "flow of traffic" 
through the dining room. The new 


Are you interested in knowing 
the man responsible for the vigor- 
ous physical training program you 
are subjected to here at the 58th ? 

A man more sincere in his work 
would be diff.'cult to uncover. So 
sincere is he that when unable to 
meet age requirements for a com- 
mission in the Army for work of 
his profession, he declined several 
high commissions in other branches 
of the Army, in order to do the 
job he feels best qualified to per- 
form based on his years in the 
physical training field. 

Professor Harold M. Gore, Head 
of the Department of Physical 
Education for Men and also Di- 
rector of Physical Training for the 
58th C.T.D., is our personality of 
the week. His background in the 
physical educational and other per- 
tinent fields well qualifies him for 
the position he holds. 

He is a graduate of Massachu- 
setts State College and while in 
attendance here earned varsity let- 
ters in all the major sports. His 
letter in football was earned as a 
peppy 128-pound quarterback. 

Professor Gore's coaching career 
began during his junior year in 
college and included the sports of 
basketball, baseball and football. 
Hardly had h's coaching been 
launched when World War I tem- 
porarily interrupted; and it was 
"First Lieutenant" Gore of the 
1st. Division, 18th Infantry, who 
saw action for over a year in 
France. While serving with this 
unit he was awarded the Purple 
Heart decoration for wounds re- 
ceived in combat. 

At the completion of the War 
he returned to M.S.C. to continue in 
the Physical Education Department 
handling program and administra- 
tive details. 

In the handling of the present 
program, Professor Gore has noth- 
ing but praise for the staff which 
so ably assists in bringing the 
iPhysical Training Program to the 
Aviation Students. 

He stressed the point that the 
men on the staff of the Physical 
Education Department are sin- 
cerely interested in giving the best 
program possible to the men. If the 

ingeniously contrived entrance will 
be greatly appreciated during the 
cold winter days to come. It allows 
the line of hungry "chow hounds" 
to form linside; protected from the 

achievement reports based on the 
Physical Fitness Ratings are any 
indication, they are doing an out- 
standing job. 

Professor Gore is quite proud 
that upon the acceptance of the 
training facilities offered here by 
Mass. State to the Army Air For- 
ces, the physical training program 
and equipment then in operation 
needed only minor changes in order 
to be acceptable to the rigid Air 
Force standards. 

His interests are varied but are 
in general built around the train- 
ing of men lin its various aspects. 

With the aid of another member 
of the faculty he has operated a 
private summer camp for the past 
twenty-five years. Along this same 
line his interests in Boy Scouting 
have made him one of the out- 
standing Scouters in the country. 
He has been awarded the Silver 
Beaver for outstanding services to 
Scouting and is a member of the 
National Committee of Health and 

As one of the original members 
of the National Ski patrol, it was 
his duty to aid the National De- 
fense Program by preparing data 
on little known territory in this 
area, so that equipment guides, and 
men qualified in First Aid would 
be available in event of an emer- 

To his credit can be added his 
knowledge of First Aid principles 
which has aided him in directing 
the course in Medical Aid each avi- 
ation student receives while he is 

Entering the literary field, he 
is the author of an outstanding 
hand-book on skiing. 

In poking deeper into the fire, 
another iron, Vice-Commander of 
the local American Legion Post, 
was uncovered. 

His son, of whom he is quite 
proud, is in training with a moun- 
tain troop unit in the west. 

You have undoubtedly seen Pro- 
fessor Gore going about his work 
in the Physical Education Building, 
but it is not likely that you made 
his acquaintance due to his quiet 

He is the dignified, neatly 
dressed, bespectacled, middleaged 
man who goes about his work an 
an untiring manner. 

If you talk to him, he will un- 
doubtedly modestly insist that the 
success of the Physical Training 
Program here at the 58th is largely 
due to the cooperation received 
from the members of his staff, but 
he is the "sparkplug", just as he 
was back in his football daye. 



By Mortimer 

? . ? . "Mortimer, what article would you like to write 
this week?" . . Your obituary! . . Just wondering if the hit 
song "Sunday, Monday or Always", west of the International 
date-line is "Monday, Tuesday or Always??? . . Who was 

that lady I saw you outwit last night?? . . "Hey, Bud, pull 
over" . . "What's wrong officer"? . . "You've got no 
safety sign on the front of your car" . . "But, officer,^ I have, 
see it says, "Dodge Brothers" . . .This plane was flying over 
the ocean, the ocean looked up and what do you think the 
ocean said?? . . Didn't say anything, just waved . . . You 
think if a girl stayed in the Waves long enough she would 
become a permanent wave ? ? . . Did you read about the rab- 
bit's race that was won by a hare?? . . "Did you ever see my 
operation?". . "Scar"? . . "No thanks, don't smoke" . . Did 
somebody just take a shower?? . . Why, is one missing??- . . 
. Darling, are you going to be on guard tonight or are we 
going out?? . . I'm going out with you, but you'd better be 
on guard ! ! . . Did you hear about the G.I. who gold-bricked 
during swimming . . stayed on the bottom of the pool all 
period. . .1 used to go out on blind dates, but my seeing eye 
dog died . . I can drink a quart of liquor and it wouldn't af- 
fect me at all, only when I walk away from the table my 
hands get awfully dirty. 

Southern boy seeing those white flakes falling amazed at 
the extensive advertising campaign Rinso carries on in the 
north . .("Zeb" Ownbey mailed an envelope full back home). 

Hot Pilot . . One who flies during the summer time. 

Bed-check . . Who in the heck would steal a bed. 

Jump . . The last word in airplanes. 

Eat . . The girl who looks sweet enough to eat probably 

High Heels . . They were invented by a woman who had 
been kissed on the forehead. 

Halitosis . . It's better to have halitosis than no breath at 

Headline of the week: NUDIST NABBED AFTER HE 
— Providence Journal . . . Charged with carrying concealed- 
weapons, no doubt. 

Story of the week: Pres. Gordon A. Clark of the Draper 
Corporation Softball League has purchased fifty-six uniforms 
for the girls league. The uniforms consist of a white blouse 
and various colors of caps to distinguish the four teams. — 
Worcester Evening Gazette . . . Nice cool uniforms, any- 


Squadron E 

Thatcher Hall has gone commer- 
cial, it now sports a Post-Office, 
doctor's office and tailor shop, run 
by A|S "Pappy" Boucher. The 
doc's abode run by A|S Dr. Quack 

The newest improvement at the 
"Hall" is a overhead shower in 
room 112. The first to try it was 
our grounded "hot-pilot" A|S 
Grisoglio better known as the 
"Brooklyn Bum". 

"Run into the roundhouse. Moth- 
er, Father cannot corner you 
there." Tb's and many other fam- 
ous speeches can be heard in the 
vicinity of room 201, who recites 
them and why does A|S Extrom? ? 

A|S Hefferman, w^en told that 
his section was to fly Thanksgiving 
Day was heard singing, "It Must 
Be Wrong, It Can't Be Right". 

— A|S "Walter F. Gallagher, Jr., 
and A|S John R. Heifeman 

Squadron D 

There have been no reports of 
drastic or far-reaching ill effects 
this week from a pleasant Satur- 
day night of guard duty. Think of 
all the money saved for War 
Bonds! The boys made up for ,it in 
advance, however, for Lewis Hall's 
first floors were a commercial mad- 
house last Friday night. To wit: 
A|S McAnulty trying to get a 
C.D.D. by getting wax on the 
knee; competitive shoe shining es- 
tablishments run by A|S Bent and 
A|S Minnix and companies; a ra- 
ther ameteurish, if not utterly 
brutal, masseuse operating on any 
and all customers in the basement; 
a big jam sesion in A|S Campbell's 
room as he jovially tried to clean 
the joint for inspection; furious run. 
ing about of B & B Cleaning Ser- 
vice, and inauguration of A|S Ma- 
rahrens linen delivery business. 

A|S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

The Abbey haJs taken on a very 
dignified and almost domestic aura 
since the return of Sergeant Brown 
from his wedding trip. The popular 
Sergeant, always an excellent 
housekeeper, has some of the lads 
worried lest he insist on lace cur- 
tains on the windows and those 
crocheted contraptions on the backs 
of the day room chairs. Seriously, 
though, Sergeant, you have the 
congratulations of all the lads of 
Squadron "C". 

A|S O'Rear and Phillips must 
have been awfully hungry Wednes. 
day night, but apparently their 

appet'tes were spoiled even for 
the Thanksgiving Day dinner to 
which they were invited. 

Squadron B 

The recent confusion, flounder- 
ing, and thrashing around in the 
snow about Abbey Hall was caused 
by the recent issuance of G.I. over- 
shoes to this squadron. (G.I. over- 
shoes — the only shoes you can take 
a thirty-inch step in without mov- 
ing.) We notice the snow is rather 
hard on A]S Quigley as it seems 
the snow forms into snow-balls 
which drop on him. A|S Reese, 
who stages Commando raids with 
his section, issues orders like this, 
"Halt! Grab snow". Is that a new 
one in the "Polar I.D.R." 

The "Yanks" and "Rebels" had 
a snowball fight last week — ^the 
"Yanks" having an advantage as 
the boys from the deep Soutti 
threw theirs with a slow drawl al- 
lowing the snowballs to melt en- 
route. However, the battle was not 

Cupid has a good batting aver- 
age in our squadron with A|S 
Place having been married last 
week and A|S Prince following 
suit on this Saturday. Congratu- 
lations boys and remember, "The 
first hundred years are the hard- 

— A|S Harry F. Miller and 
A|S William Morris 

Squadron A 

With the arrival of the remain- 
der of Squadron A the temporary 
student oflficers were appointed. 
The previous service boys of Squa- 
dron A will be glad to know that 
most are old army men . . Re- 
cently many people have comment- 
ed on the limited vocabulary of 
A|S William F. Opatkiewicz. Per- 
sistently heard -in Room 307 ffom 
the aforementioned is the one word, 
"Junior!" (apologies to A|S Junior 
A. Nichols) . . It was also heard 
from competant authorities that 
the freshman dance of 20 Novem- 
ber was made colorful no end due 
to the attendance of most of Squad- 
ron A. . . It was just learned 
that A|S Peter Hoagland was sent 
his clarinet from home — oh joy! 

No sooner had Squadron A 
moved in when a trumpet — slightly 
off key — was heard blaring forth 
on Thatcher's third floor. When 
finally the source of the noise was 
discovered A|S Trumpeteer Haig 
meekly said, "Honest fellows, I've 
never had a lesson." 

A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 


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Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre: 

Saturday: "We've Never Been 
Licked" . . A story of Texas 
A & M. 

Sunday: "Northern Pursuit", 
with Errol Flynn. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
Saturday and Sunday: "Winter- 
time" with Sonja Henie, and 
"Tornado" with Chester Morris 
and Nancy Kelly. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
Saturday: "Frontier Badman" 
with Robt. Page and Ann Gwynn 
and "Larceny With Music" with 
Allan Jones. 

Sunday: "Hi Ya, Sailor" with 
Donald Woods and Alice Knox, 
also "Sherlock Holmes". 

Amherst U.S.O. 

Open house Saturday and Sun- 
day until 1800. Refreshments 
served Saturday. 
Dancing instruction on Sundays 
from 1600 to 1730 beginning 12 
December, and every second Sun- 
day thereafter. 

Bring your Christmas packages 
and have them wrapped in fancy 
decorative paper — free. 

Continued on Page 2 

Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions today from 1600 to 
1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0700, 0830, 
1000, and 1100. Aviation Stu- 
dents are requested to attend the 
0830 Mass, if possible. 

Wesley -Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street, Ser- 
vices tomorrow at 1030. Rev. 
Harold Cramer, Pastor. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 
Located at 119 North Pleasant 
Street. Services tomorrow at 
1030 vrith Rev. Leuning, presid- 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser. 
vices begin at 1046. Rev. Roy 
Pearson, Paator, and Rev. Wm. 
Spturrier, Associate Pastor. 

First Baptist Church: 

Services begin at 1045, with Rev. 
Continued on Page 2 

New P.X, Is 

Well Patronized 

The new Post Exchange in the 
basement of Abbey Hall for the 
membei-s of the 58th C.T.D. is al- 
ready a huge success. It has been 
exceedingly well patronized by the 
student members of the detach- 

The stock at the P.X., which is a 
branch of the Westover Field Ex- 
change, includes a complete line 
of candy bars, gum, ice cream, 
cookies, boxed candy — to send 
home to wives, mothers and sweet- 
hearts — cigars, cigarettes — mat- 
ches too — writing paper in handy 
packets and boxes, post cards, 
shaving equipment, billfolds — to 
name a few. 

Many articles of G. I. clothing 
are also available such as: shorts, 
undershirts, T shirts, gloves, neck- 
ties, scarfs, socks and handker- 
chiefs. There are also two pin-ball 
machines for the amusement of the 

The opportunity to "shop" for 
muc;h needed articles is greatly ap- 
preciated by all Aviation Students 
of the detachment. 

Sgt. Virelle Leaves 
For Shaw Field 

On Wednesday of this week, 
Teohnical Sergeant Joseph Virelle 
departed for Shaw Field, Sumter, 
South Carolina, in accordance with 
orders received at Headquarters. 

Sergeant Virelle, one of the ori- 
ginal members of the permanent 
party of the 58th, was the Detach- 
ment's first Supply Sergeant, and 
for several months had been assist- 
ing in the tactical work of the 
"flying squadron." Prior to his in- 
duction in 1942, Sgt. Virelle had 
served a "hitch" in the Regular 
Army, and saw service at posts 
throughout the United States, as 
well as in Hawaii. He is rated as a 
crew chief. 

In bidding him farewell, the of- 
ficers and enlisted men of the De- 
tachment wish him good luck and 
success in his new assignment. 

New Retreat Ceremony Has 

Been Inaugurated At 58th 

Pennies From Heaven 

It all started when some playful 
AjS dropped a few pennies in one 
of the soup bowls while , standing 
in the chow-line. As the file of 
hungQ-y men moved by, many oth- 
ers, seeing the "donation", deduced 
that a request had been made for 
contributions to some worthy cause. 
More pennies clinked into the bowl! 

The next chow time saw another 
line filing past the- "bowl". One 
A|S asked another, "What's the 
collection for?" "Broken dishes," 
was the reply. "Good idea!" They 
both dug into their pockets for a 
few coppers. Many others did the 

Several days later the "collec- 
tion" was rumored to be "to buy a 
gift for the college student em- 
ployees of the mess-hall in appre- 
ciation of their working on the 
Thanksgiving holiday". Smacking 
their lips in memory of turkey and 
dressing, the A|S gave freely. More 
pennies — yes, even nickels and 
dimes — were willingly piled in 
the 'Tsowl". 

During the succeeding days vari- 
ous interpretations of the cause to 
which the money was being do- 
nated were advanced. The "bowl" 
had been replaced by a jar with a 
neatly cut slot in its metal cover, 
a donation of some thoughtful 
Aviation Student. 

Another theory advanced was 
that the money would be used to 
buy a Christmas tree for the mess- 
hall. This stimulated "business" 
greatly. More coins clinked merrily 
into the kitty. 

Mr. Johnson, manager of the 
mess-hall soon found that the vol- 
ume of money turned in and ac- 
cumulating presented somewhat of 
a problem. He has requested the 
aid of the "Take Off". Mr. Johnson 
points out that there never has 
been a request for donations. The 
"bowl" thus far has yielded the 
Continued on Page 2 

Due to weather conditions, the 
usual elaborate Retreat Ceremony 
which has hitherto taken place on 
the Athletic Field will be discon- 
tinued. A new schedule will be 
substituted and followed until oth- 
er orders are issued. The new cere- 
mony will be held on Thatcher 
Road in front of Thatcher and 
Lewis Halls, each afternoon, Mon- 
day through Friday at 1700. The 
squadrons will form facing That- 
cher and Lewis Halls and individ- 
ual squadron reports will be tak- 
en. When the Bugler sounds the 
"Adjutants Call" the troops will 
automatically come to "Parade 
Rest". The Group Adjutant will 
call the squadrons to attention and 
the squadrons will report individ- 
ually according to seniority. The 
Adjutant will report to the Group 
Commander and will then take his 
post. The command, "Parade Rest" 
will be given the troops by the 
Group Commander. At this time 
"Retreat" will be sounded by the 
Bugler whereupon the Group Com- 
mander will call the squadrons to 
attention and give the order "Pre- 
sent Arms". All troops will come 
to "Present Arms" rather than only 
the Squadron Officers as has pre- 
viously been the case. At this time 
the Bugler will play "To The Col- 
ors" and the Color Bearer and Col- 
or Guards will step off and march 
in front of Thatcher and Lewis 
Halls to the north end of Lewis 
Hall. The Group Commander will 
give "Order Arms" and turn the 
troops over to the Squadron Com- 
manders wiho will dismiss their 
respective squadrons. 

The purpose of this article is to 
give a detailed account of the pro- 
cedure to be followed in the new 
ceremony in order to help the men 
of the detachment carry out the 
ceremony in a successful and order- 
ly manner. 

The new formation should prove 
to be extremely impressive. 



A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th CoUeee Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 



Assistant Editor WILLIAM H. ORNDORFF 

Features Editors j STEWART J. PETRIE 


"Good Moaning" MORTIMER MATZ 


This is not a publication of the War Department and the views herein should not 
be construed as those of the War Department. 


"Week-end Activities" 




"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication of credited 
matter prohibited without permission of CNS War Department, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 

Soldiers Should 
Warn Families On 
Allowance Thefts 

By Camp Newspaper Service 

The U. S. Secret Service lias 
issued a warning to all soldiers and 
their dependents that many Anny 
allotment and allowance checks are 
being stolen. 

Most of these thefts are peiipe- 
trated by thieves who follow the 
postman around on the days allot- 
ment checks are delivered, then 
lift them from mailboxes of sol- 
diers' families. Watch out for these 
bozos, the Secret Service warns. 

To aid servicemen and their de- 
pendents in guarding against the 
theft of checks, the Secret Service 
has offered the following sugges- 

1. Write your family to have a 
member stay at home when your 
check is due. If it is removed from 
the mailbox immediately it cannot 
be stolen. 

2. Make sure your family has a 
deep, strong mail box with your 
name printed on it in big letters. 
Be sure to keep it locked. 

3. Have the folks arrange with 
the postman to signal when he de- 
livers the check if possible. 

4. Tell tihem to notify the post- 
master when they move. The Post 
Office has a regular card for them 
to fill out. 

5. Your family should make a 
point of cashing the check at the 
same place each month. This will 
make identification easier. Mer- 
chants have been cautioned to in- 
sist upon proper identification so 
it is wise for you to go to a place 
wliere you are known. Better atill, 
have them open a bank account and 

deposit the check instead of cash- 
ing it. Tell them to be certain 
they understand the rules of the 
bank about how soon they can 
draw the money out. 

6. They should never fold, pin or 
mutilate the check. 

The Secret Service has urged 
that all soldiers send these sugges- 
tions home so that dependents may 
follow this advice. It may save 
them some dougih. 

Prof, Clark To Talk 
At Fine Arts Hour 

Sunday, 5 December, Prof. Orton 
Clark will speak on "Whittling and 
Wood Carving for Use and Re- 
creation". This program, a fea- 
ture of the Fine Arts Hour, will 
be held at Butterfield House at 
1500. Prof. Clark is an interesting 
speaker as well as an expert wood 
carver. All aviation students are 
especially invited to attend. 

♦ » » 

Sports Slants 

By Camp Newspaper Service 

The U.S. Coast Guard Station 
ot Manhattan Beach N.Y. should 
be able to field a pretty fair base- 
ball team next spring. Stationed 
there are Mikey Witek and Sid 
Gordon, former Giant infielders; 
Ed levy, ex-Yankee first base- 
maTi; Gar Del Savio and Hank 
Sauer of the Cincinnati Reds; and 
Randy Gumpert, Newark pitcher. 
Service in the Canadian Army 
hasn't harmed the track form of 
Sgt. Gerard Cote, the cinder star. 
Cote recently covered the 26 mile 
coures of the ninth annual Yonkers 
I (N.Y.) marathon in two hours, 38 
j minutes and 35.3. seconds to re- 
j peat a victory he first won in 1940. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 1 

Northampton U.S.O. 

There will be a special dance 
Saturday, 4 December, featuring 
Bradley Field and his orchestra. 
All A| Students are cordially in- 
vited to attend. There will be 
Junior Hostesses and WAVES to 
dance with. Refreshments will 
be served. Dancing will begin 
at 1800 and last until 2330. 
Sunday is open house from 1400 
tO' 1800. Many games are avail- 
able; also refreshments. 
You may check packages any 
time, at the desk downstairs. 

Carnegie Hall: 

Regular Saturday dance from 
1800 to 2400 featuring Ray 
Black and his ten piece orches- 
Red Cross Services: 
Mending for servicemen in the 
Red Cross rooms over the Am- 
herst Savings Bank on Saturday 
from 1500 to 1800. 

Church Services 

Conlmued from Page I 

Millar Thorton, Pastor. Location 
is on the west side of the Com- 
mon on South Pleasant Street. 

Grace Episcopal Church : 
Services are held at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Ave., east 
side of the Greens. Rev. Jesse 
Trotter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

Hebrew Services: 

Hebrew services are held at 389 
North Pleasant Street in Hillel 
House at WOO Sunday. Rabbi 
A. Hertzberg. 

On the Campus: 
Vesper Services, Sunday 5, De- 
cember, Memorial Hall at 1700. 
Dr. James Gordon Gilkey will be 
guest speaker, 


Pennies From Heaven ' 

Continued from Page 1 

sum of $38,11. Look, fellows — 
what would you like the money to 
be spent for? We suggest that 
notes bearing suggestions regard- 
ing the collection be deposited in 
the very same "bowl". 

The obvious generosity of the 
A|S here at the 58th C.T,D, is in- 
spiring to say the least. The fact 
that the men responded to a plea 
for donations — even when no plea 
was made — is indicative of the 
fine character of the aviation stu- 
dents. These are the future pilots, 
bombardiers, navigators and offi- 
cers in the Army Air Forces, 



1. The following numbers indi- 
cate what American warplanes? 

a. B-23 f. SB2U 

b. B-34 ' g. P-40 

c. B-18 h. C-46 

d. A-29 i. A-20 

e. A-25 j. TBD 

2. What is the world's fastest 
bomber ? 

a. "Marauder" c. "Liberator" 

b. "Lancaster" d. "Mosquito" 

3. What is the "Pilot's Bible"? 

4. A series of "sideslips" from 
one side to the other is known as: 

a. a yaw down d. a falling leaf 

b. chandelle e. spiral 

c. lazy eight f. Immelman turn 

5. Britain's Westland "Whirl- 
wind" corresponds generally to 
what American warplane? 

6. The English used what Amer- 
ican attack bomber successfully 
for intruder operations? 

7. Which of the following decor- 
ations is awarded by both the Ar- 
my and the Navy for extraordinary- 
valor and achievement in aerial 
combat ? 

a. Purple Heart 

b. Distinguished Flying Cross 

c. Medal of Honor 

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THIS -writer last week gazed 

into the crystal ball and saw Army 

', defeating Navy. The ball doublej 

' crossed me! The Middies outplayed 

, and outsmarted the Cadets to win 

13 to 0. Navy started to roll and 
toss in the second half and put 
across two touchdowns to provide 
the deciding points. 

Throughout the midwest last 
week-end, especially around South 
Bend, Indiana, the dark cloud of 
gloom hung low. The "Fighting 
Irish" of Notre Dame had been 
licked for the first time' this sea- 
son. The "Sailors" of Great Lakes 
put the pressure on the Indiana 
team and after the battle smoke 
had cleared, the boys from Great 
Lakes were on top of a 19 to 14 
score. Notre Dame was leading 

14 to 12 going into the last thirty 
seconds of play. Steve Lach, 
ex-Duke Univ. star, unleashed a 
long aerial to end, Anderson, who 
smuggled it in and ran it over. 

The "Fighting Irish" of Notre 
Dame still rate as one of the top 
teams in the nation. Remember, 
there. is always next year! 

Results of other games played 
last week: Iowa Pre-Flight 32, 
Minnesota 0; Brooklyn College 12, 
Rutgers 6; North Carolina 54, 
Virginia 7. 

Angelo Bertelli, the pass-pitch- 
ing wizard and sparkplug of Notre 
Dame, has been named to receive 
the Heisman Memorial Trophy. 
This award is made annually to the 

outstanding collegiate gridiron 
star of the season. Bertelli, now a 
Marine recruit, will be formally 
presented the trophy on December 

Georgia Tech. and Tulsa have 
been selected to oppose each other 
in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans 
on New Year's Day. The contend- 
ers for the other bowl games 
have yet to be chosen. 

Out in chilly Chicago, the two 
home-town teams battled each o- 
ther. The Western Division Cham- 
pion Bears came out on top 35 to 
24. Sid Luckman, ace Bear back, 
set two passing records in last 
Sunday's game. That makes six 
new records for Sid this season. 

In the Capitol, the big upset of 
last Sunday was the game in which 
the Phil-Pitt Steagles downed 
Washington in a one-sided con- 
test by the score of 27 to 14. Clark 
Hinkle, late of Green Bay, was the 
boy that helped the mediocre Stea- 
gles upset the Eastern Champs. 

New York tallied a victory over 
their Brooklyn rivals, the Dodgers, 
24 to 7. The game was the Giants 
all the way with the Dodgers glad 
when it was all over. Hockey is 
getting its lion's share of the 
sports spotlight now, with the 
Montreal Canadians maintaining a 
comfortable lead to the tune of 
nine wins against no losses. The 
Chicago Bruins went on the skids 
last week and are now three games 
behind the Canadians. 

Answers on page 4 


"Just another guy" who consid- 
ers what he has done, and what he 
has seen to be of little interest to 

He is Robert H. Dutton, a mem- 
ber of Sqdn. A. You be the judge 
as to whether or not his experi- 
ences have been interesting. 

Being "scared to death" is readi- 
ly admitted by Bob. The circum- 
stances under which it happened 
are exciting. One night on Guadal- 
canal after an entire day of bomb- 
ing operations by our planes, the 
Japs towed a disabled battleship 
within a few miles of shore. They 
then opened up with big guns on 
the small air base held by the 
American troops. 

As soon as the shelling started, 
Bob. hugged the earth only to be 
lifted bodily when a giant shell ex- 
ploded less than twelve feet from 
where he was lying. That's what 
"scared him to death". What made 
him angry was the fact that the 
shells destroyed a plane that he had; 
spent the greater part of the day 

Bob has been in the Army Air 
Forces for twenty-four months and 
has served twenty-^sne of these 
months overseas in the Pacific. He 
claims that he left the States so 
soon after he enlisted that his 
vaccination healed under the South- 
ern Cross. 

His recollections of a month 
spent in~Australia are pleasant. 
The Yanks were well liked by the 
Australians, who treated them 
graciously. Bob. was particularly 
impressed by the beautiful white 
teeth of the girls "down under". 

Leaving Australia on a Dutch 
freighter, he next served on a base 
of operations on the island of Ton- 
ga Tabu. From there he went to 
New Caledonia. It was during this 
series of movements that the con- 
voy he was in became engaged in 
the Coral Sea battle. The ship he 
was on was both high-level-, and 
dive-bombed during the battle. His 
ship did its share of damage by 
accounting for two enemy sub- 

With a small party of men he 
was then flown to an operational 
base on Guadalcanal. His duties 
ranged from armorer to radio man, 
and gunner on a dive bomber. Pull- 
ing out of a twelve thousand foot 
dive a few hundred feet above the 
earth would give anyone a thrill. 

During the six months spent on 
Guadalcanal each man slept in his 
working clothes and was constantly 
on the alert. The Jap lines were 
within a few hundred yards of the 
air field and the fighting was con- 

Modern conveniences were lack- 
ing so all bathing was done in the 
Bloody River. The name originat- 
ing from the Jap corpses that were 
washed down with the current. In 
order to prevent being picked off 
by Jap snipers one man would 
stand guard while the others 

Thanksgiving dinner here at 
Mass. State really brought back 
memories: Memories of cold stor- 
age turkey being eaten in a fox- 
hole while under Jap fire, just one 
year ago. 

After 'hostilities had ceased in 
the Guadalcanal area, he was trans- 
ferred to the city of Suva in the 
Fiji Islands and while there took 
his exams for Air Crew training. 
Suva is a modern city which inci- 
dentally possesses the only free 
railroad in the world. You just 
climb aboard and travel free of 
charge to any point throughout the 

The eight thousand mile trip 
back to the States was made in a 
C-54, one of the largest trans- 
ports the U. S. has in military ser- 

The movies version of the South 
Sea Island natives is misleading 
according to Bob. As for finding a 
Lamour, your chances are pretty 
slim. "Look for beauty in the Unit- 
ed States, not in the islands", he 

He tells several stories of the 
Japs' treachery and apparent dis- 
regard for their own lives. When 
unable to get back to their own 
lines, the Japs would actually try 
to get food by sneaking into the 
American chow lines. 

One Jap who had been in the 
United States prior to the war, 
came up the trail calling out the 
password, "Hollywood". Japs can- 
not ennunciate the letters "1" clear- 
ly the sentry was immediately a- 
ware that the enemy was present. 
After carrying on a conveirsation 
with the Jap for a little while, the 
sentry "took care of him". 

These are just a few of Bob's 
experiences and he is looking for- 
ward to adding new ones. This 
time in a P-47. Good luck, Bob. 




I By Mortimer i 

little memories of little me . . highlights of a 
low life . . this can't help but be com cause I was brought 
by the "stalk" . . —at the age of .001 I was a weak baby 
and they gave me very little chance to live, but I fooled them 
no matter how hard they tried to drown me I still lived 
—the veterinarian even said I was the prettiest baby bom 
in his hospital . . it was only after my father made them 
erase the word "breed" off my birth certificate that I left 
the hospital— father purchased two washing machines— at 
five I said my first word . . well, it wasn't exactly a word. 
. . anyway it was just after my first bottle of Coca-Cola . 
my father had to buy bigger suits for himself so I could 
grow into them . . my mother always threatened me with 
a bread knife . . she knew I wouldn't bring home much 
dough cause I was just a loafer . . I went to school . . 
honest . . they placed me in a class with boys of my own 
mentality . . I was the only one old enough to sit up . 

graduated first in a class of three— fell in love with a girl 
with long blonde hair on her cheeks . . she wasn't pretty, 
in fact she was quite homely, but I knew she'd make a good 
wife because she always carried a broom around with her . 
it was a clever little broom, I never had to pay her car- 
fare . . made my first dollar . . spent the next two 
years on probation . . worked for the Department of San- 
itation and Cleaning . . it was a good job and for awhile 
I cleaned up . . I still wear my D.S.C. medal . 
when I went to work I always smoked a cigarette and I had it 
timed perfectly so that my cigarette would be finished just 
at the time I reached the section I -was to clean . . this 
became a habit . . but then I unconsciously switched to 
a king size brand and I was fired because I missed the first 
few blocks . . this is where YOU say . . why!!! did 
you hold your breath when they tried to drown you . . . ? 
Never advise a fellow to order a hamburger because 
it's Uable to be a bum steer . . 

This woman on a summer cruise was crossing the equa- 
tor. After looking about the horizon, she couldn't quite see 
the equator. Puzzled, she inquired of a nearby officer as to 
just where she should look. The officer being in a hurry, de- 
cided it would be quicker to show her an "equator" than to 
explain its presence as an imaginary line. Having instructed 
her to look through a pair of binoculars in a certain direction, 
he pulled a hair from his head and held it in front of the 
binoculars. The woman exclaimed, "Yes, I see it now and 
look, there's a camel walking on it" ! ! ! 






Answers To Airplane Quiz 

NOT AT NO. 1! It's the Grum- 
man F6F-3 Hellcat, a low mid- 
wing', single-seat Navy fighter de- 
signed as a carrier or land based 
plane. It has a cigar shaped fuse- 
lage. Wings itaper to square cut 
tips. The tailplane also is tapered 
and it has a single fin and rudder. 

Hold itl 

FIRE AT NO. 2! It's the Japa- 
nese Sento Ki. 01, a low-wing, 
single-seat Navy fighter, powered 
by a radial engine. It has a round- 
ed fuselage and elliptically shaped 
wings. The tailplane is also ellip- 
tical and has a single fin and rud- 
der. Blast it from the sky. 

Squadron E 

After just seven trips into the 
blue A|S Fisher plans on teaching 
his instructors a few new tricks. 
Flying a plane is "old stuflP" to 
Ace. Someone should tell him that 
a plane should be landed above 
the ground. 

"Only a Nose" — pardon — "Only 
a Rose" is A|S Haroutunian's fav- 
orite isong. He claims that the 
words in the Air Coi-ps song, 
"Keep Your Nose up in the Blue" 
were written just for him. 

"Did You Ever See a Dream 
Walking?" Well, I did— non other 
than A|S Ekstrom, our newest 
"engagement kid". Congratulaitions 
to you "Little Chum". 

Why is A|S Brunelle always in 
such a hurry to get out of the bus 
at the field ? 

Lt. Kelly nominates A|S Hersh- 
feld to be the holder of the title, 
"Sleeping Beauty," or "Why Bu- 
glers Get Gray." 

— A|S John R. Heffernan 
and A|S Walter F. Gallagher, Jr. 

Squadron D 

First of all, here's a toast to A|S 
Russell Koehler. He had a very 
special reason for being thankful 
on Thanksgiving, for then it was 
ihat he joined the ranks of proud 
fathers. It's a boy! Papa is doing 
fine, thank you. 

While in the infants' department, 
we might mention the early train- 
ing as a racketeer being given 
little Jerry by his padre, A|S 
Boettcher of B & B Delivery Ser- 
vice. Poor kid has to carry most 
of the merchandise — at double time 

Two more Sqdn. D men will soon 
say "I Surrender Dear" and like it. 
Very best wishes from us all to 
A|S Burton McKeen and A|S Al- 
bert Bishop. 

Our first flight is fairly happy 
once again, now that A|S Silvey, 
the poor girls' Sinatra, usually re- 
mains at ease while marching to 

— A|S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

It seems that Squadron C has 
finally convinced the entire post 
that they are the best squadron 
here. We deny the ugly rumor that 
Headquarters presented the ribbon 
to Sergeant Brown as a wedding 

Charles Atlas has signed up A|S 

Sledge and A|s Troxler to pose for 
the "before and after" pictures . 
A|S "Daddy" Ricks is doing all 
right for himself with a cute 
trick formerly dated by "The 
Casual Ace" . . . Why doesn't 
someone stop A|S Oryel from 
pushing little blind ducks in the 

— A|S Wilbur N. Partridge 

Squadron B 

A|S C. J. Mullis entertained a 
very charming visitor from New 
Jersey last week end. She was 
very much appreciated by his 
friends here. 

One member of our squadron is 
sharp as a donut. A|S Remington 
caught on to a joke ten minutes 
after it was explained by Prof. 

A|S Michael (when I was at 
Maxwell Field) Murphy was visit- 
ed by not only his wife and mother- 
in-law, but his mother-in-law's 
mother. Mike, you sihould be in the 
diplomatic service! 

Flight "A" of dear old Sq. B 
has discovered a crack drill Sg:t. 
in A|S Harry Olson. He specializes 
in "obstacle drill' in -sN^iich his men 
march over an automobile and the 
wall of the obstacle course while 
remaining dressed to the right and 
covered down. 

^A|S William C. Morris 
and A|S Carl J. Nicolosi 

Squadron A 

A|S George McClain, popularly 
knovni as "G.O.", has been brag- 
ging about the "Flagg Brothers" 
civvies he has at home. We wonder 
what they look like ? ? Going from 
the feet to the head we're also 
wondering whether anyone has no- 
ticed the beautiful, dark, wavy 
hair on A|S Riohard Reil (notice 
to all blondes). Two noses to the 
right of "Robert Reil Taylor" stands 
a rugged individual who at the 
cheery sound of "fall in!" slowly 
pulls his heavy hands from the 
depths of his overcoat and slug- 
gishly draws to the supposed posi- 
tion of attention. To those who are 
curious this specimen answers to 
the name of A|S Walter Gleason. 
(Hyah Walt!) 

Our next illustration of our 
squadron's superiority is Berley 
Hartsock — the name alone can 
frighten you — who wears his cap 
with verve — to put it mildly. 
— A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 


Vol. 1 No. 39 

Take ojS^ 





Subscription Fre« 

durch Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions today from 1600 to 
1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0830, 1000 and 
1100. Aviation Students are re- 
quested to attend the 0830 Mass, 
if possible. 

Wesley Methodist Church: 
Located at 596 Main St. Services 
at 1030. Rev. Harold Cramer, 

Unity Unitarian Church: 
Located at 119 North Pleasant 
St. Services tomorrow at 1030 
with Rev. Leaning, presiding. 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main St. Services 
on Sunday begin at 1045. Rev 
Roy Pearson, Pastor and Rev. 
William Spurrier, Associate Pas- 

First Baptist Church: 

Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the 
west side of the Commons on 
So. Pleasant St. 

Continued on Page A 

Captain Congleton 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst Theatre: 

SATURDAY: "Guadalcanal Di- 
ary" with Preston Foster, Wil- 
liam Bendix and Lloyd Nolan. 
SUNDAY: "Lassie Come Home" 
in Technicolor with Roddy Mc- 
Dowall and Donald Crisp. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
SAT. and SUN. "Princess O'- 
Rourke" with Olvia DeHavilland 
and Robert Cummings. Second 
feature, "Find the Blackmailer". 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
SAT. and SUN. "Johnny Come 
Lately" with James Cagney and 
"Fall In" with William Tracy and 
Joe Sawyer. 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

Open house Saturday and Sun- 
day until 1800, with refresh- 
ments served on Saturdays. Sun- 
day afternoons dancing to your 
cfavorite recordings until 1700. 

I Mrs. Myers and her assistants 
are doing a splendid job of wrap- 
ping Christmas packages in dec- 
Coniiimed on Pag* 4 

, nrjfi*'' 

Captain Congleton 
Returns To 58th 

Captain Richard J. Congleton, 
Commanding Officer of the 68th 
C.T.D. returned to the campus Sun- 
day, 5 December. For the past 
three weeks he has been on tem- 
porary duty in connection with a 
committee renegotiating Training 
Unit Contracts in the Eastern Pro- 
curement District of the Army Air 
Force Materiel Command. 

In carrying out his duties with 
the committee. Captain Congleton 
visited several other College Train- 
inig Detachments in the state of 
Pennsylvania including Allegheny 
College at Meadville, the detach- 
ment at which he was stationed 
prior to his transfer to the 58th. 
Captain Congleton. was Command- 
ing Officer at this detachment at 
the time it was organized. 

The following is a list of other 
detachments that were visited: Un- 
iversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; 
St. Vincent College, Latrobe; Ge- 
neva College, Beaver Falls; Dickin- 
son College, Carlisle; LaFayette 
College, Easton; and Gettysburg 
College, Gettysburg. 

Squadron E To Leave Soon 

For Next Phase Of Training 

Tau Epsilon Phi 
Invites A{S Of 58th 

The co-eds at Tau Epsilon Phi 
house cordially invite all aviation 
students to help trim their Christ- 
mas tree next Saturday night, 12 
December. Along with the fun of 
decorating the tree, carols will be 
sung and refreshments served at 
this informal party. The Tau Ep- 
silon Phi house is located just off 
the edge of the campus, next to 
Benny's Diner. 

"Quo Vadis'' 

In the process of checking off 
milestones on the road to becom- 
ing commissioned officers in the 
United States Army Air Forces 
we must again move off to an un- 
known destination for further 
training. The parting is reluctant. 
Indeed, it would be more so if it 
were not for the knowledge that 
to stay would mean a backward 

We learned a great deal during 
our stay here; having broadened 
our acquaintances, as well as im- 
proving both mentally and physi- 
cally. We were fortunate in being 
supervised by a choice group of 
officers and instructors. We wish 
that they could accompany us on 
departure. Some of us would even 
like to take Shis whole environment 
and landscape with us. 

We A|S of Squadron E appre- 
ciate the fact that we are better 
young men for having undergone 
this training here at the 58th Col- 
lege Training Detachment. We 
shall forever cherish pleasant 
memories of days spent here. 

There are moments when men 
suddenly see what has been a- 
round them for a long time bttt 
which has been ignored because of 
their intense activity. We go along 
living a routine existence until the 
goal we have been striving towards 
looms like a ship out of the fog 
before us. Then it is that we take 
a last long look around and see 
with a clarity heretofore unknown. 
Such is the case with Squadron E. 
They are about to leave the world 
of Mass. State — destination un- 

For a quarter of a year they 
have tussled with the eternal laws 
of physics. They have mastered 
the work of Sir Isaac Newton, Gal- 
ileo Galilei, Sir Robert Boyle and 
Archimedes. In mathematics clas- 
ses they have mastered John Na- 
pier's logarithms. (At ■times, 
Squadron E has been mastered by 

The Physical Training Depart- 
ment of dear ol' Mass. State has 
exercised the muscles they had 
when they came and the muscles 
that have been created since they 
came. None of the men would have 
admitted enjoying a "push up" 
when he performed the feat, but 
all of them now unanimously a- 
gree that they benefited by every 
straining centimeter of the long 
way up. 

On the other hand, everybody 
did realize, and while he ate them, 
what swell meals were being served 
at Draper Hall. This is one aware- 
ness that has come as no awaken- 
ing. They sadly say farewell to 
the civilians at the college for the 
kindness they have shown in shar- 
ing their campus with the military. 

The men of Squadron E know 
the good fortune that was theirs 
when fate chose Capt. Congleton 
and his staff to guide them at the 
58th. The men of every squadron 
i':now it but those who are about 
to encounter new leaders realize 
it more intensely than the others. 
Continued on Page 2 

' "TAKE OFF" 11 DECEMBER, 1943 


A Weekly Publication tor the Enlisted Men of The 68th College Trainine Detachment 

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LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relationt Officer 




(frank a. MORAN 

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be construed as those of the War Department. 

Assistant Editor 

Features Editors 
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Weeke.';d Activities 

News Editors 


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Christmas Post 


Office Hours Transferred To O.CS. 

The postmaster of the Amherst 
post office has announced a new 
holiday schedule, effective until 
C;iri3tma3. The new Saturday 
hours are from 0900 to 1730. The 
new s2hedu'e will enable Aviation 
Sudents to mail those Christmas 
packages and cards. Don't forget, 
fellows, you can also have those 
packages gifted wrapped in gay 
Christmas paper at the U.S.O. in 

The post office is located on 
Nortih Pleasant Street about half- 
way between the campus and down- 
town Amherst. 

Photography Exhibit 

From 13 December until Christ- 
mas a group of photographs taken 
by Mr. Grant B. Snyder, head of 
the olericulture department, will 
be on display in the foyer of the 
physical education building. 

Professor Snyder has made a 
varied and interesting set of cam- 
era studies, including landscapes, 
water scenes, portraits and other 
types of photographs. His skill in 
cat-?hing the mood of a scene h^s 
won him recognition in many an 
art exhibition throughout New 
England. He is a member of the 
American PhotDgraphic Society as 
well as ';he Amherst Camera Club. 

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Squadron E To Leave 

Cotilintied from Page 1 
We who stay bok on enviously 
as those who leave pack their bar- 
racks bags. They are closer to the 
goal than we. Our best wishes 
"take off" with them. 

Several members of t':e Massa- 
chusetts State College A.S.T.P.-R. 
O.T.C. Unit were recently transfer- 
red to Officer's Candidate Schoo" 
at Fort Benning, Georgia. The 
members of the unit arrived here 
4 November. During the time spent 
on the campus here these men en- 
gaged in intense courses in the 
field of engineering. Previous t3 
being stationed here at Mass. State 
they had their basic training at 
Ft. Riley, Kansas in t^e Cavalry. 

At Officers' Candidate School 
they will be given a four months' 
course of intensive military train- 
ing and tactics. On successfully 
completing this work, they will 
receive commissions as second lieu- 
tenants. Other members of the 
unit are expected to be transferred 

We A|S of the 58th College 
Training Detachment wish them 
the best of luck in their venture. 
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Pink Pill Prevents, Cures 
Sea- and Airsidiness 

Ottawa (CNS)— A pink pill 
that will prevent or cure seasic'":;- 
ness and airsickness has been de- 
veloped by the Royal Canadian 

In order to test the capsules the 
Canadians built a roller sea-saw 
with a large rocker which threw a 
seated sailor up and down wl-ile 
another apparatus tossed him from 
side to side. lie was then given a 
pink pill to make him feel be tsr. 

The pill worked. Now -it will 
be made available to seaborne and 
airborne troops. 


"Individual Care To Each Hair'' 
— you guessed it, our mystery man 
of the week is "Nap", the co lege 

His real name is Napoleon H. 
Mercier, and the mystery man line 
is no joke. One of his virtues is 
keeping his mouth closed, especial- 
ly when it concerns his personal 

"Nap" is the accommodating 
;jentleman who has been cutting 
hair on Mass. State Campus since 
1929. He has seen .the college grow 
from an enro Iment of five hundred 
to fifteen hundred during his bus- 
iness on the campus. 

He was first located in the base- 
ment of Memorial Hall but after 
a few successful months there he 
transferred to his present location. 

He has been barbering the great- 
er part of his life and claims to be 
perfectly content having done so. 

As in the pre-war days "Nap" 
is continually striving to accommo- 
date the men on Mass. State cam- 

He was possibly the first cham- 
'5ion of the 5Sth Col'ege Training 
Detachment. It was "Nap" who 
fathered the new squadrons wh'le 
they were still on restriction, be- 
fore the new P.X. was in opera- 

To hear him rattle off loc 1 
transportation schedules you would 
think he operated the facilities as 
a sideline. However, as a sideline 
he recently took over the owner- 
s^up and management of the lo?a' 
billiard "academy" in Amherst. In- 
cidently, this establishment has 
been in operation for some seventy 
odd years. 

It was "Nap" who promoted the 
original "Take-Off" which was the 
first College Training Detachmen 
paper in the country. He provided 
the necessary equipment and en- 
couragement — ■ the boys did the 

He doesn't have any particular 
hobbies, but from the enjoyment 
he finds in barbering one would be- 
lieve that .0 be his avocation. 

His motto, "Keep Busy", is typi- 
cal of his living. 

Prior to the war, short summer 
vacations were spent in the north- 
ern part of New England. 

Turing the summer he gives the 
boy's camps in the surrounding 
area the benefi.s of his tonsorial 

Continued on Page 4 





1. What famous low level bomb- 
ing plane is of a plastic-plywood 
constructioin ? 

2. The following numbers indi- 
cate what American warplanes? 

a. PBY-5 g. A-24 

b. P-43 h. TBF 

c. PB2Y2 i. C-54 

d. P-61 j. C-47 

e. J4F, k. C-53 

f. F4F 1. 0-52 

3. Our P-38 "Lightning" com- 
pares generally to what German 
warplane ? 

4. No paratrooper wants to be 
"the first man down". Why? 

5. What is the "Molotov Bread- 
basket" and for what is it used? 

6. About how marny instruments 
are found on the panel in an Amer- 
ican heavy bomber, such as the 

a. 80 c. SCO 

b. 240 ' d. 400 

7. What is the ratio of men in 
the air to the ground crew re- 
quired to service their ships? 

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The rambling Redskins of Wash- 
ington last Sunday journeyed to 
'Jhe Polo Grounds in New York to 
play what they hoped to be the 
clinching game for the Eastern 
Pro. League championship. The 
New York Giants and Bil. Pasch 1, 
their 195 pounds of title hopes 
had other ideas. Paschal went over 
for a touchdown in the third period 
to give the Gian.s their first s^iore. 
Washington was then leading up to 
the last four minutes of play, by 
virtue of a 31 yard field goal by 
Masterson and a touchdown by 
"Anvil Andy" Farkas, 10 to 7. 
Then suddenly from out of a mass 
of humanity on a play on the 
Giant's 45 yard stripe, Pasch; 1 
emerged wi',h the pigskin cuddled 
in his arms. He took off like a 
frightened deer with Sammy Baugih 
hot on his heels. But t'ais tioie 
nothing stopped Paschal and he 
romped over the goal line for the 
points that produced the outstand- 
ing upset in the pro. pigskin wars 
of this season. The Giants won 14 
to 10. 

They'll play again this Sunday 
in Washington. II the Giants win 
again, they'll be tied for the East- 
ern Pro. Championship; making a 
playoff necessary. The winners will 
meet the Chicago Bears for the 
pro. crown of 1943. 

The other professional game was 
played in Fhil'.y. with the Creen 
Bay eleven defeating the Phi'.-Pitt 
Steagles 38 to 28. The incompar- 

able Con Hutson, Green Bay's sta: 
3nd, was again the standout. Hut- 
son, what he says wi.l be 
his last pro. game, caugiht two 
touchdown passes making him the 
league's leading all-time score; 
with 544 points and wivh 74 touch- 
down passes caught. 

llinkle of the Steag'es is the 
league's leading ground gainer 
witJh 571 yards to his credit. 

In Cave Springs, Georgia, there 
is a school for the deaf that claims 
an unbeaten football club. Deaf- 
ness is no ihinderance to these gal- 
lant boys who use the sign lan- 
guage in a huddle and lunge for- 
ward as one to a mental rythemic 
count. The payers can't even hear 
the whistle but they know enough 
to stay on the ball until they are 
properly pulled o.T. Odom, their 
5 tar back, has scored 21 touch- 
downs i.his season. 

Tollefson, the coach, is sanguine 
because he has no worries about 
selective service and can rely on 
'laving the full team back again 
next season. 

The scribes of the Army's paper, 
Stars and Stripes, who haven't 
seen a football game all year, did 
sonie first-class long distance pick- 
ing of an all-star football team 
stricJy from "paper performance" 
reports. They picked a team con- 
sisting of what proved to be the 
outstanding grid stars of the year. 






Answers on page 4 

Squadron E 

AjS "Lover" La Montagne car- 
ried the tradition of M. S. C. in a 
fine fashion last week. He wooed 
none other i:han "prop winding 
Claire" of Barnes Airport. 

Let's call A|S Ilendricl.son and 
A|S Grisoglio the "vulgar boat- 
men" after the battle they staged 
last week. 

A|S Orton, better known as the 
"hotfoo: king", played the game ol 
"hide and go seek" all Saturday 
night. Boy! I wish I could bru£h 
tlhem off that easy. 

A|S Lajoie claims he owns a 
car which needs only a retractable 
landing gear to make it complete. 
He says he presses a button and 
out pop the wings. 

Why does A|S Binkowski pui; his 
serial numbers on the outside of 
his^collars? Is he trying to start a 
new fad? AjS Darling has said, 
"Goodbye", to his girl so many 
times that it sounds like the bro- 
ken record; 

If the "hot pilots" of Sqd. E 
had to pay $5.00 for every time 
■:hey bounced on landing they 
would owe a"l of next year's pay. 

A|S Walter J. Gallagher, Jr. 
aind A|S John R. Heffernan. 

Squadron D 

Out of mere curiosity we inter- 
viewed A|S Kimball as to his r - 
lationship to Brigham Young. The 
relationship isn't as close as may 
be expected, however. Mr. Youn? 
was a Mormon, not a moron; and 
his first name was Brigham, not 

Our squadron is looking f orwarr^ 
to being the new "hot pilols," to 
corn a phrase. We're proud of the 
fact that we made such a goo- 
deal in Washington. They gave u? 
nice new flying jackets (we hope' 
and we, in turn, gave up the de- 
tachment ribbons. 

Suggestion to A|S Koster: We 
all have grown to love and cheris' 
your jovial greetings each bright 
morning but a little variety would 
help. For instance, two short e.^r- 
shattering blasts on the whistlr 
instead of one long one and — any- 
thing but "Let's go, D." 

If anyone has an old worn-ou*- 
girdle, A|S Finn will gladly put it 
to good use. 

Looks like AIS Virgil Mario-^ 
Buck, Esquire, is going high-hat 
on us with those becoming "specs" 

.le's now sporting— but he's still 
going strong as a weel;end College 
Store wolf I no-oo-oo-tice! 

A|S Inman is becoming quite the 
introvert these days. Not content 
with being locked in his room last 
Sunday, he spent an hour in the 
closet. Methinks A|S Hannon put 
him up to it. 

A|S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

Abbey Kail is still in an uproar 
after winning the ribbon for rthe 
second straight week. Not only 
bhat — the cross word puzzle craze 
:s in evidence. 

We hear that A|S John Scott's 
new role is "The Thin Man Cast 
a Shadow". 

Latest suggestion for the use of 
.he money frooi the "penny bowl": 
to purchase a pair of carrier pi- 
geons for A|S "Whip" Newmeyer. 
It seems that the mail man can't 
keep pace with his literary love 

Too bad the AjS Wan:'elt-Will- 
ma/n show flopped because one per- 
former lost his nerve. 

AiS "Pin-up Boy" Mickler (the 
boy with the poka-dot shorts) h 8 
quite a dme with his spinning top 

A|S Prim B. Smith was quite 
burned up over something during 
a. demonstration in the lab. 

Question: Why doesn't AjS Cast- 
ner like to be called "Watarboy"? 

After trying out the method of 
carrying book-bags used by Squad- 
ron A, ;he following comments 
were heard: (censored) 

A|S Wilbur N. Partridge 

Squadron B 

It all started when AjS's Troyce 
Murphy, Warren Post, and Willia:n 
Dosterwyck pl^ tried their 
skill with picks and shovels in 
front of the mess hall at noon. 
jeems as though Capt. Congleton • 
opotted them and said, "We never. 
J. art anything we can't finish." Eats ' 
off to you, boys. You certainly 
'moved the earth." Sometimes we 
wonder about your past. Murphy! 

AIS WilimM. Blorris* mother 
and twin sister visited here last 
Sunday. Miss Martha Morris has 
chosen these surroundings to com* 
plete an exciting novel she is 
w.-ibing. She is single fellas, doesn't 
have a "steady", and doesn't re- 
semble her twin. . . which is 
quite a recommendation. 

Continued on Page 4 





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By Mortimer 





"Here's where all the rich rabbits are buried !" Condensed 

Why didn't you press my pants, Hives ?" 

"I didn't know how, sir!" Condensed from HOW GREEN 

Bong! Condensed from FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. 
She was quite a belle so all the boys gave her a ring. 

"He handed her a line, and from it dangled half a dozen 
pairs of trousers, flapping in the moonlight." Condensed from 


. . . an A|S drank eight cokes and burped 7-up . . the 
new bus slogan — "The Public Be Jammed" . . . "Give this 
little girl a gi'eat big hand", said the cannibal chief as dinner 
was being served . . . I'm losing my punch said the flapper 
as she hurriedly left the cocktail party . . . the only trouble 
with flattery is that it's soft soap and soft soap is 99% lye . . 
. a friendly crack at our G.I. bugler whose tin horn must be 
quite a weapon, 'cause it deals some awful blows . . to my 
student Lieutenant, maybe if you gave me some pennies to 
swallow there'd be some change in me ... a prisoner in 
France asked his German guard what he planned to do after 
the war. The guard said he was going to take a trip through 
greater Germany. "Oui, but what are you going to do in the 
afternoon?" . . the fellow who wanted to know how many 
horsepower his car had so he lifted up the hood and counted 
the plugs. 

... a man was sitting at a bar and every few minutes he 
would laugh then immediately after that he would make a 
sour face and throw his hands up in disgust. The bartender, 
puzzled, asked the man what he was doing. He answered 
that he was telling himself jokes to pass the time. "But why 
do you make a sour face and then throw your hands up in dis- 
gust?" "Oh! I only do that when I tell myself one I've al- 
ready heard." ... a fellow just stepped off a train and he 
looked very pale and sick. His friend meeting him at the 
station, asked him what was wrong. He replied that he be- 
came sick every time he rode backwards on a train. The 
friend asked, "Why ! didn't you change seats with the person 
sitting opposite you ?" "I was thinking of that but no one was 
there." . . blushing he lifted the hood when he heard the 
gears were stripped . . the paratrooper who jumped without 
his parachute to show he had guts. 

Church Services 

CoHlinutd from Pag* 1 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services tomorrow at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Ave., east side 
of the Greens. Rev. Jesse Trot- 
ter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

Hebrew Services: 

Services are held at 389 No. 
Pleasant St. in Hillel House at 
1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. Hertz- 

On the Campus: 
Vesper .Services Sunday, 12 De- 
cember, in Memorial Hall at 
1700, Dean Machmer will conduct 
the Christmas Vespers. 


Weekend Activities 

CoHtinutd from fag* I 
orative holiday color. Bring your 
packages in, fellows, this service 
is free. 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

The Bradley Field orchestra will 
play at 'the special dance Satur- 
day night from 2000 to 2300. 
There will be Junior Hostesses 
and WAVES to dance with. Re- 
freshments will be served during 
the evening. Packages may be 
checked downstairs at the desk 
at any time. 

Carnegie Hall: 

All A|S are cordially invited to 
attend ithe dance at Carnegie 
Hall Saturday. Dancing contin- 
uous throughout the evening, be- 
ginning at 2030 until 2345. Ray 
Black's ten piece orchestra will 
furnish the music. 

Red Cri^s Services: 

Mending for servicemen in the 
Red Cross rooms over the Am- 
herst Savings Bank on Saturday 
from 1500 to 1800. This service 
is free to Aviation Students. 

Answers To Identification Quiz! 

NOT AT NO. 1! It's the British 
We'lington, a mid-wing, long-range 
heavy bomber powdered by twin 
engines. The long nose of the fuse- 
lage extends well forward of the 
engines. The wde spanned wings 
taper to narrow rounded tips. The 
tailplane is swept back and it has 

a single fin and rudder. Hold up. 
FIRE AT NO. 2! It's the German 
Dornier Do. 217 E, a high-wing, 
twin-engine nacelles. Both edges 
of the thick wings taper equally to 
rounded fps. The broad tailplane 
is also tapered and it has twin 
fins and rudders. Shoot it down. 


Continued from page 2 

In his twenty-six years of- bar- 
bering, "Nap" has built a large 
reservoir of friends and informa- 
tion. His knowledige of the "best 
spots" to wine and dine has made 
Him somewhat of a local Duncan 

A member of the local Lions 
Club; Knights of Columbus; and 
Redmen Lodges, he regrets that his 
limited time does not permit more 
active participation. 

He is the father of a rather neat 
combination, two daughters and 
two sons. His oldest son is now 
serving in the Navy. 

All of "Naps" close acquaint- 


Continued from Page J 

It is rumored that slide rule in- 
struction will be discontinued after 
sections 131 and 132 rescued the 
instructor's right index finger from • 
the gigantic slide rule in Stock- 
bridge. T. S. men will fall out at 
3:30 a.m., professor. 

If any students of the 58th are 
interested, AjS Jimmy Quacken- 
bush tells us he will be more than 
glad to privately exhibit to true 
lovers of art his personal etchings, 
worn inconspicuously on his chest 
and arms. Requests will be loft 
with C.Q. at Lewis Hall. 

A|S Carl J. NIcoIobI 

Squadron A 

The members of Squadron A 
commented favorably on the write- 
up given a swell fellow, A|S Rob- 
ert H. Dutton. Bob was a little sur- 
prised to see two columns aH a- 
bout himself. 

Congratulations are in order for 
A|S Donald R. Malthaner. He's the 
first member of the squadron to 
have his parents and "little wom- 
an" visit him. A good time was 
enjoyed by all. 

A|S Michaels and A|S Strobel 
will be visited by their wives this 
weekend. Incidentally, the wives 
are sisters. (That makes them 

A|S Russel Kupetz was visited 
by two of his high-school buddies 
who came to "look over the situa- 
tion". Both are in V-12 at Dart- 

May we present: A|S Williams 
who was of late presented a seven 
pound, nine ounce baby boy. Con- 
gratulations, Daddy! 

It seems that section 141 ihas a 
permanent delinquent in A|S 
"Johnny on the Spot" Burmeister. 
Every time the section is lined up 
ready to march to the next class, 
one man is missing. The last man 
to fall in is A|S Burmeister. 

A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 

ances vouch for his good natured 
personality and hold him in their 
highest esteem. One person, who 
knows him better than possibly 
anyone else, claims that, "If every 
man were like "Nap", this would 
be a better world." 

The next time you're in need of 
"individual care of each hair" stop 
in at the barber shop next to the 
college book store, and look for 
the dark-haired, heavy set, jovial 

If he'll match you for a coke or 
a haircut — that's "Nap". 



Vol. 1 No. 40 





Subscription Free 

Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions today .from 1600 to 
1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0830, 1000, and 
1100. Aviation Students are re- 
quested to attend the 0830 Mass, 
if possible. 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030. Rev Harold Cramer, 

Unity Unitarian Church: 
Located at 119 North Pleasant 
Street. Services tomorrow at 
1030 with Rev. Leuning, presid- 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Rev. William Spurrier, Associate 

First Baptist Church: 
Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the west 
side of the Commons on South 
Pleasant Street. 

Continued on Page 2 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

Open house Saturday and Sun- 
day until 1800. Dancing Sunday 
^ afternoon from 1430 until 1730 
with your favorite recordings, i 
The Christmas package wrapping 
service is still available for those 
last minute presents. Mrs. My- 
ers and her assistants are doing 
a splendid job and we extend our 
thanks to those concerned. Don't 
forget to mail your presents 
early this year, fellows. 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

Open house with an informal 
gathering Saturday and Sunday, 
with refreshments served both 
days to all servicemen. There are 
many games available also letter 
writing facilities. You may check 

- your packages at the desk at 
any time. Open hours are all 
day Sat. till 2330, and Sun. from 
1400 to 1800. 

Carnegie Hall: 
Regular Sat. evening dance from 
Continued on Page 2 

Skating Season 
Begins With A Crash 

Last weekend the citizens of the 
58th formally opened the nation's 
ice-skating season when they took 
to the ice of the College Pond. 
Perhaps journalistic integrity de- 
mands that we report that the 
Northern boys took to the ice and 
the ice took to the Southern boys! 

At any rate, after the retreat 
ceremony on Saturday, about twen- 
ty A|S's braved the bitterly cold 
"breeze" and made a mad dash for 
the lake. Halfway there, the men 
from South of the Mason-Dixon 
found that the rest of the fellows 
were carrying steel "things" with 
them. They finally decided to go 
back and borrow skates. 

Meanwhile the Northerners con- 
tinued on their way. When they 
arrived they found the lake clut- 
tered with "T. S. men" who were 
serenely doing acrobatics while a 
group of co-ed freshjnen looked 
on with large-eyed wonder. 

A half-hour later, the Southern- 
ers hove into view. This time they 
came a little gingerly since they 
could see the lake and the sight 
wasn't familiar. Neither were some 
of the strange objects they car- 
ried familiar to the group who had 
arrived earlier. For instance A|S 
Ownby carried an insulated 
box with h'im. W'hen asked what it 
was, he retorted that, "I'm going 
to send some of this cold material 
that covers the lake home to my 
girl. Last week the snow I sent 
home melted in the envelope and 
this time I'm not going to let the 
same thing happen." A|S Troyee 
"Tex" Murphy started boasting 
about the skates he carried. Nobody 
saw any skates until he fished 
them out from under his flight 
jacket where, he explained, he was 
"keeping them warm so that they 
would be all heated up like my 
motorcycle before I start out on 
them." You've got to hand it to 
A|S Murphy, though. He had learn- 
ed in his Physics class that rolling 
friction is less than sliding friction 
Continued on Page 2 

Major Spellman, Air Hero, Speaks 
To Mass. State Students 

Squadron E Selects 
Temporary Officers 

Temporary officers were selected 
for Squadron E the early part of 
this week. Those who were chosen 
to be in charge of the squadron are 
A|S Fred L. Wetzd, squadron com- 
mander, A|S John J. Maguire, sec- 
ond in command; A|S's Bernard W. 
Riley, George V. R. Mulligan and 
Charles Y. Johnston, flight lieuten- 
ants; A|S Virgil L. Rogers, first 
■sergeant; and A[S Harold O. Wil- 
son, supply sergeant. 

In the short period of time that 
Squadron E has been on the cam- 
pus, they seem to have been well 
accustomed to their situation here 
at the 58th. However, a few mem- 
bers of the squadron don't under- 
stand some of the proicedures fol- 
lowed in their quarantine. For in- 

Soon after Squadron E was put 
on quarantine their temperatures 
were taken by Pfc. Bernard Lenk 
of the infirmary staff. Upon the 
supposed completion of their tem- 
perature-taking, everyone reported 
to the day room where Capt. Con- 
gleton spoke to the new men. An 
interesting hour had passed when 
four angelic faces, (I don't mean 
Continued on Page 2 

New Year's Dance 

Aviation Students who are plan- 
ning to spend the New Year week- 
end on the campus need have no 
fear that they will be left out of 
festivities. Mass. State Co-eds will 
give a rousing welcome to Aviation 
Students who attend their dance on 
Saturday, 31 December. 

The affair will be held at both 
the Drill and Memorial Halls. It 
will commence at 2100 and wind 
up at 0100. 

Admission will be .25 and every 
A|S is welcome. 

Come alone or bring a young 

Major George Spellman, a grad- 
uate of Mass. State College, class 
of '38, and navigator aboard a Fly- 
ing Fortress, was a visitor on the 
Mass. State Campus this week. Ma- 
jor Spellman spoke to an interested 
audience of Aviation Students Fri- 
day afternoon, 17 Dec. We regret 
that the paper had to go to press 
before his talk, for we feel sure 
that it was very interesting and 
worthwhile to attend. 

Recently Major Spellman was 
presented with Air Medal for Ex- 
traordinary Achievement by King 
George VI of England. He was one 
of the Americans with whom King 
George talked when he inspected 
the U. S. Air Force stationed in 
England. He commended the Amer- 
icans highly on their efficiency. 

According to the Associated 
Press, this particular mission on 
which Major Spellman's plane was 
assigned, brings to light a very 
interesting story of how one of 
Uncle Sam's Flying Fortresses and 
her crew of eight fought off 30 
German Focke Wulf-190's, shot 
down four to eight of them and 
with one wing tip rolled up, and 
engine dead and rudder controls 
almost frozen, returned to her base 
in England with flying colors. 

Lt. Robert L. Riordan, the pilot, 
Major Spellman and the crew were 
returning from the fourth bomb- 
ing assignment over the Continent 
when a formation of 30 Focke Wulf 
190's attacked their formation. 
Their Fortress was crippled in the 
early stages of the fight and was 
knocked out of their formation. 
This made, what seemed to the 
Germans, a very easy and attrac- 
tive target to bag. A bullet was put 
through the No. 1 propeller and 
two cannon shells into the rudder 
control. It was then that Lt. Rior- 
dan told the crew to get ready to 
bail out. A 20 millimeter cannon 
shell was placed in the tail gun- 
ner's position, injuring the tail 
gunner and knocking out one of 
Continued on Page 3 



A Weeklv Publication for the EnlUted Men of The 58th CoUeee Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public RelationB Officer 


News Editors j HARRY R. OLSSON 

Photographer . qwEN M. NEUSTROM 

™r is not a publication of the War Department and the views herein should not 

be construed as those of the War Department. - 

■ "Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service materUI. Republication of "^i^f 
mat^ prohibited without permission of CNS War Department. 2«B B. 42d St.. N. Y. C. 

Assistant Editor 

Features Editors 
"Good Moaning" 
Weekend Activities 



Thte 58th College Training De- 
taehment extends congratulations 
to Lieutenant and Mrs. Everett E. 
Grossman on the arrival of a 6 lb. 
2 oz. baby boy, Richard Everett, 
born 14 December at the Cooley- 
Dickinson Hospital in Northamp- 
ton. We are happy to report that 
the moiher and child are geting 
along fine. 

New Bus Schedule 

A new bus schedule between here 
and Northampton was put into 
effect Tuesday, 14 December by the 
Northampton Street Railway Com- 
pany. The new schedule is wel- 
comed by the Aviation Students of 
the 58th C.T.D. as, rather than 
stopping at the usual Amherst 
terminus, the following busses will 
run through to campus, using Ab- 
bey Hall as a terminus: 

Leaves Academy of Music, North, 
hampton: 0600, 0805, 0900, 1000, 
1145, 1245, 1345, 1545, 1645, 1715, 
1845, 2045, 2146, 2305. 

Leaves Abbey Hall, Mass. State: 
0625, 1030, 1930, 1030. 1215, 1315, 
1415, 1615, 1715, 1745, 1945, 2115, 
2215, 2335. 


Continued from page 1 

and therefore had borrowed a pair 
of roller skates. 

All in all, it Was a hectic day. 
The skating was the best ever. 
"Only trouble was", the Southern- 
ers reported unanimously, "ice la 
a little slippery to skate on"! 

Ice Skates 

Available To AIS 

Members of the 58th C.T.D. who 
enviously looked upon the skaters 
enjoying themselves recently, will 
now have an opportunity to enjoy 
the sport. 

Capt. Congleton, watching the 
amusing episodes on College Pond, 
remarked to Prof. Gore who was al- 
so watching the skaters, abouj; the 
interested onlookers. Prof. Gore 
turned this thought into a plan 
in a very short time. He realized 
many of our Southern members 
would like to try skating f orthe first 
time and also that many Northern 
boys would appreciate the oppor- 
tunity to skate again but the 
trouble of getting skates sent 
up here would probably end 
their hopes. He has secured eight 
pairs of skates already and this 
is only a beginning as he plans to 
get several more. 

These skates can be borrowed by 
any aviation students and returned 
the following day. They may be ob- 
tained from Mr. Paradysz (better 
known as "Joe"). He can be found 
over in the Physical Education 
building and arrangements must be 
made with him. 

On behalf of the aviation stu- 
dents, we would like to thank the 
Physical Training Dept. for their 
co-operation and thoughtfulness. 

* « » 
Adm. King Elected Pin-np Boy 
Northampton, Mass. (CNS)— 
WAVES stationed at Smith Col- 
lege and Mount Holyoke have elec- 
ted Adm. Ernest J. King their 
favorite "Pin-up Boy." 

(Oh well— R. H. I. P.) 

Church Services 

Coilinued jrom Psg* I 
Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services tomorrow at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Avenue, east 
side of the Greens. Rev Jesse 
Trotter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

Hebrew Services: 

Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. 
Hertzberg conducts the services. 

On the Campus: 
Services for men in quarantine 
are as follows: 

Confessions at Memorial Hall to- 
night from 1845 to 1945. Catho- 
lic Mass at 0830 in Amherst at 
St. Brigid's Church. Men desiring 
to attend will meet the formation 
at 0750 in front of Lewis Hall. 
Protestant services will be held 
in Memorial Hall at 0900. For- 
mation at 0830 in front of Lewis 

Hebrew services will be held at 
389 North Pleasant Street in 
the Hillel House at 1400. Forma- 
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1. What is the width of a radio 
navigational beam? 

2. Is the following a true state- 
ment? The power of gasoline in- 
creases in far more than direct 
proportion to its octane number. 

3. What is an astro-dome? 

4. What airplane bears the same 
natme as a famous type of military 
vehicle ? 

5. What country has equipped 
several of its military planes with 

6. The only single-seat dive- 
bomber in service with any country 

7. A plane flying at 20,000 feet is 
flying above What percentage of 
all rough weather disturbances? 

8. Is the Lockheed C-69 Constel- 
lation a single or twin tailed plane ? 

9. What is the Wildcat's big 
brother called ? 

10. The largest military flying 
boat used by any power is the 

Weekend Activities 

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2030 to 2345 with Ray Black's 
ten piece orchestra. Admission 
39 cents. 

Red Cross Services: 
Mending for servicemen in the 
Red Cross rooms over the Am- 
herst Savings Bank on Saturday 
from 1500 to 1800 also in Stock- 
bridge Hall from 1900 to 1940. 

On the Campus: 
iMovies at Stockbridge Hall at 
1930. All AlSs are invited, es- 
pecially men in quarantine. These 
movies are free. 

Amherst Theatre: 

SATURDAY: "The Iron Major" 
iwith Pat O'Brien. The story of 
Frank Cavanaugh — ^former foot- 
ball coach at Fordham and Bos 
ton College. 

SUNDAY: "Top Mam", also se 
lected short subjects. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
Lucky" with Gary Grant and 
Lorraine Day. Also a second 
feature with added attractions. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
"Corvette K-225" with Randolph 
Scott, James Brown, and Noah 
Berry, Jr. The selcond feature, 
"Plying with Music", with Mar 
jorie Woodworth and William 

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that bodies weren't attached!) sud- 
denly popped through the door. 
Thermometers were still hanging 
from their weary mouths. 

They innocently inquired, "What 
are we supposed to do now?" (It 
seems that Pfc. Lenk had forgot- 
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This week let's take a look at a 
few of the seasons outstanding 
players and at some brilliant per- 
formances of the year. 

Doc Savage of Brown and Stan 
Koslowski of Holy Cross paced 
the college players in two individ- 
ual departments of play. Savage 
set a one game total by passing 
349 yards against the Coast Guard 
Academy. Koslowski, Holy Cross' 
triple theater, also set his record 
against the Coast Guard Academy 
eleven. He ran the pigskin for 228 
yards. His nearest rival was Billy 
Daly, Michigan's All-American, 
who gathered 216 yards in one 

Jim Lueas of Texas Christian 
was the "passingest" footballer and 
also the busiest of the season. He 
handled the ball on 50 plays against 
Texas Tech., throwing 40 passes 
and completing 19 of them. 

The most passes caught in one 
game goes to Copoulos, Marquette 
halfback with 10. 

The season's top oddity was also 
contributed by Copoulos when he 
ran back two consecutive kdckoffs 
for touchdowns in a game against 
the Iowa Seahawks. 

For a moment let's review the 
teams that will participate in the 
bowl games on New Years Day. 
They are all putting finishing 
touches on their plays in prepara- 
tion for the big clash. 

The Hose Bowl game at Pasa- 
"dena will feature the hibernating 
Washington Huskies and the Tro- 
jans of Southern California. Al- 
though the Huskies haven't played 
since Hallowe'en, they still rate as 

Tulsa, last years loser, clashes 
with Georgia Tech in the Sugar 
Bowl at New Orleans. The Texas 
team now appears to be a slight 
favorite. - . 

In the Orange Bowl at Miami, 
Florida, the Texas A & M "Aggies" 
and Louisiana State will be the 
rivals. The two teams have played 
once before this season with the 
Aggies winning 28 to 13. This is 
the only Bowl game featuring two 
all-civilian teams, each team being 
composed of 4-F draft rejectees 
and 17 year olds. 

The opponents in the CJotton 
Bowl at Dallas, Texas will be the 
Randolph Field Flyers and the 
Texas Longhoms. The Flyers get 

the nod over the Longhorns be- 
cause of the presence in their squad 
of Glenn Dobbs and Bib Steuber, 
both A'.l-Americans last season. 

Southwestern University is a 
heavy favorite to over-run the 
New Mexico e'even in their c'.ash 
on January 1st in the Sun Bowl at 
El Paso, Texas. 

The East-West All-American 
game at San Fransico for the bene- 
fit of the Shriners should prove to 
be thrill-packed. It will feature the 
pick of the nations collegiate play- 
ers, and therefore shouM be a 
tough one to pick because of so 
many standouts on each team. 

The public is still clamoring for 
a post-season game between Notre 
Dame and a professional team. A 
game between the Irish and the 
Packers, Bears, or Redskins would 
be a real one to see and should 
draw an enormous crowd. However 
the Irish decline to play any post- 
season games. 





Major Spellman 

Continued from Page 1 

his guns. At this moment Major 
Spellman dragged the tail gunner 
to the radio room, covered him with 
his coat and then fought in the tail 
gun position with the one remain- 
ing gun. With no coat and no 
gloves and in 20 below zero weath- 
er. Major Spellmans hands were 
blue and almost frozen. 

After twenty-five minutes the 
Nazis finally gave up the fight 
when they saw Spitfires coming 
out to challenge them. The Fortress 
was badly battered but due to the 
quick action and co-operation of 
the crew a disaster was avoided 
and the plane returned safely. 

'Thristmas Carol" 

Dr. H. Robinson Shipherd, minis- 
ter of the North Congregational 
Church, will read "A Christmas 
Carol, a Ghost Story of Christmas" 
by Charles Dickens in The Jones 
Library auditorium at five o'clock 
Sunday afternoon, 19 December. 
The immortal story will prove in- 
teresting to all 58th men who. at- 
tend. All AISs are invited. 

To the majority of us, the enter- 
tainment field has been a source of 
great interest. It is a life we look 
upon as being apart from the life 
most of us know. 

Sq. C's James A. Geallis, a small 
fellOw with black, wavy hair, has 
had the opportunity of being in 
close contact with the theatrical 
world. Although he strongly ad- 
vises anyone against entering show 
business, he has had many interest- 
ing experiences himslf. Jim is quite 
young but has, nevertheless, de- 
voted approximately half of his 
life to entertainers and the business 
of entertainment. 

Prior to his enlistment in the Air 
Corps, his job was one of the few 
of its kind in the country. It en- 
abled him to come in contact with 
many top-fiight entertainers of to- 

Jim, a Chicago boy, first became 
associated with the theatre by 
working after school hours as an 
errand boy and roustabout in one 
of Chicago's large theatres. In this 
way he had free run of the sur- 
roundings and was able to associate 
with the entertainers who played 

All the experience gained at this 
theatre benefited him greatly when 
he transferred to Chicago's largest 
playhouse where he worked as a 
personal valet and aid to the star 
acts and entertainers who appeared 

Jim feels that the personal ex- 
perience gained in associating with 
such entertainers, as Kay Kyser, 
Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, 
Tommy Dorsey and hundreds of 
others, is priceless in its training 
for better understanding of people 
in one's association with them. 
From each entertainer with whom 
he has associated he has a person- 
alized picture, making up a collec- 
tion any autograph collector would 
be proud to own. 

His interest in entertainment was 
once on the verge of blossoming 
into a comedy and impersonation 
routine. He planned this act along 
with his brother, but like most 
plans, was overshadowed by the 
war. On one occasion a sKfheduled 
act arrived without a necessary 
member so Jim took over the miss- 
ing entertainer's part and came 
through without a hitch. 

To him, this was one of his most' 
exciting experiences in his entire 

theatrical experience. A member of 
the entertainers with whom he was 
associated was so pleased with his 
service that he tried to persuade 
him to join the company and go on 
the road. 

From his experience he has 
found most show people to be of a 
tempermental nature in one way 
or another but in general are all 
good sports, and easy to accommo- 

His plans for after the war 
aren't, as yet, too definite. Due to 
Jim's independent nature he will 
probably spend his time in some 
secluded spot writing a book on the 
personalities with whom he has 
become acquainted. 

For the present, his mirid is 
occupied with dreams of a berth 
in some fighter plane, and so, like 
all of us, must concentrate on his 
work here. 


Again the campus of old Mass. 
State resounds to the tread of the 
feet of a newly arrived squadron. 
Once again the air is filled with 
the questions dealing with arrange- 
ments and facilities here. The new- 
comers are all busy in gathering 
information about this place that 
is to be their home for some few 

First, we wish you all a hearty 
welcome and we hope and feel sure 
you will enjoy your stay here. As 
you will soon realize, many squad- 
rons enjoyed their stay here so 
greatly that they would have been 
sorry to leave were it not for the 
fact that to stay would bring them 
no nearer their goal. 

Lest the enjoyment side be too 
over-emphazied, we offer this poem 
to prevent the attitude of, "Why let 
studies interfere with our college 
education." • 

"There was a caidet 

named Joe Weaver, 
Who laughed at eajch 

new "Eager Beaver." 
"'Tis sissy to study," 

He'd say to his buddy. 
The "Beavers" got Wings 
but not Weaver!" 

Seriously, however, it is not nec- 
essary to go into telling you why 
you are all here. (If you don't 
laiow now, you. will in the very 
near future.) Here you have the 
opportunity to "raise yourself by 
your boot-straps" by better equip- 
ping yourself for the job that is 
to come. 

Good luck to you all and may we 
get the "job" done soon. 



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... I have made arrangements with Santa Glaus, and if 
the following will call at the North Pole, they can pick up 
these pertinent gifts. No delivery will be made by Santa Glaus 
this year cause meat is dear, and deer is meat. 

. . . Mother — ^free run of the butcher shop. The butcher — 
the only man my mother enjoys getting the cold shoulder 
from . . . 

. . . Father — a victory garden to play around in, and also 
to sit in when he wants to settle his stomach because nothing 
will ever come up there. 

. . . Jo3rce — a brand new evening gown. "What does it 
look like?" In most places it's going to look quite a bit like 
Joyce ! 

. . . Adolph H. — ^whose back is upi against a wall, a brush 
and some glue so he can paper it. 

. . . A|S Sergeant Mitchell — another three years in the 
army ... AjS Lieutenant Richey — six years . . . A|S Gap- 
tain Quigley — a lifetime! 

. . . A|S Munsey — ^an iron for those ingrown creases. 

. . . "Doc" — a new vitalized vitamin "ed" G.T.D. with only 
a Monday morning sick call. 

. . . Mr. Johnson of the mess-hall — "I'm not hungry!!" 

. . . Me — volume No. II of Joe Miller's best . . . you for 
me — a laugh now and then, please. 

... To the faithful readers of the Take-Off a free copy ! ! 

... To the members of the 58th G.T.D. — wings, bars, 
planes, and a MERRY GHRISTMAS ! ! 

. . . Remember to do Ghristmas shop-lifting early. . .the 
Mass. State girls ought to do well this Ghristmas — their 
stockings being well filled all the time . . "Merry Ghristmas, 
Hirohito, what's wrong, I thought you'd be in Washington 
by Ghristmas time?" "So Solly, Honorable Adolph, where 
are you talking from, Moscow?". . .a horse walked out on 
a baseball diamond, called the manager over and asked for a 
job. The manager asked the horse what he could do. "I can hit !" 
The horse stepped up to the plate, bat in hand and sailed 
the first pitch over the left field wall, the second pitch over 
the right field wall, the third pitch straight over the center 
field wall. The manager asked the horse what else he could 
do. "I can field pretty good!" The horse settled himself out 
in the outfield and made two spectacular catches which 
had the rest of the team roaring with applause. The third 
fly-ball was a long hard ball out to center field, but the horse 
fielded it with ease. The manager, very excited by now, asked 
the horse if he could pitch. The horse turned around and start- 
ed walking off the field. The manager screams "Hey, what's 
wrong?" "I quit before you even make an offer" saidthehorse, 
"Who ever heard of a horse that could pitch !" 

Squadron D 

Fell'ow art lovers ? I mean, fellow 
art lovers! Here are some new lyr- 
ics for the popular ditty, "They're 
Either Too Young or Too Old". 
They were written by two music 
lovers from Smith College and 
dedicated to Squadron D. On open- 
ing night the gals sang these words 
to A|S Kimball and A|S Jack 
You're either too rough or too 

You're either too fast or too gosh 

dam slow. 
You're always restricted or out of 

You're better off as fliers; 
No dainger of flat tires. 
You're either too rough or too 

It's either a car or canoe. 
You're either getting gigs yourself 
Or giving gigs away. 
We either have to hold you off 
Or plead with you to stay. 
We've thougiht the case over; we 

tell you it's tough. 
You're either too smooth or too 

Chorus : 

You won't be down in the mouth 
When you go down to the south. 
That southern hospitality 
Will keep you in that locality, 
And out in California 
The girls won't be this corny. 
Or down in Alabama 
You'll sure have fun, oh darn ya. 
We're finding it easy to live with- 
out fluff; 
You're either too smooth or too 

rough. A|S Lex Boyd 

urday night. What some fellows 

won't do to get a girl's attention! 

Wonder how long the reciprocal 

trade agreement between A|Sa 

"Jeep" Dillard and "Jughead" Dar- 

mody and two sophomore girls 

will last? 3-2 odds are being 

given that the girls learn to play 

pool before the boys learn bridge. 

A|S Wilbur N. Partridge 


Squadron B 

A|S Louis Pickett, one of our 
boys from the dear old Lone Star 
State, was one of the many men 
from down in that neck of the 
woods, who quietly donned their 
long-handled underwear. Last Sat- 
urday's eoM snap was the occasion. 
What's this you've been telling us 
about the knee-deep snow you have 
in good old Texas, "Pick"? 

One A|S, whose initials are Bill 
O'Brien, had a birthday last Satur- 
day. Seems as though all the 
Northampton gals turned out with 
arms full of cake and gifts ... 22 
candles. What's the guy got any- 

Be it publicly ' known, that the 
stuffed teddy bear and rabbit owned 
by our squadron scamp, A|S Mor- 
timer Matz are strictly relics of 
sentiment. It has been rumored 
that they are playthings. We are 
deeply touched, now that the truth 
is out, Mortimer. We understand! 
WHY do you take them to bed 
with you though? 

A|S Carl J. Nicolosi 

Squadron C 

Ihe Abbey is still the center 
of things this week. New Group 
and Squadron commanders have 
been appointed. Some of our boys 
have moved up to become "hot pi- 
lots". We hated to see them leave, 
but nevertheless wish 'em luck. 
Good old Squadron C was awarded 
the "ribbon" for the third straight 

After watching A|S Riden carry 
the flag one windy day last week, 
we suggest that he join the glider 

The rest of the boys in 329 com- 
plain that they can't sleep because 
of the loud pajamas A|S Bunz 

A|S Patterson put on a very 
spectacular demonstration last Sat- 

Squadron A 

Last week the Squadron's offi- 
cers received their sabers. Squad- 
ron commander, Rodriguez and 
second-in-command, Michten were 
frequently heard exchanging opin- 
ions as to which had the better. 
How about a duel, fellows? 

One of the boys frequently seen 
on the double, and Butterfield bent, 
during open post is A|S Sapping- 
ton. We're still undecided as to 
whether or not to print her name. 
Shall we? Can anyone think of a 
nickname for A|S Sappington? 

Will some kind person (female 
preferred) please give A|S For- 
sythe some dancing instructions? 
It seems that dancing is the one 
attribute that would complete his 
recreational facilities. Any pretty 
girl who would care to volunteer 
her services? (Wait 'A\l he sees 
this!) A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 

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Vol. 1 No. 41 


Subscription Free 

Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions Friday from 1600 to 
1800 and 1930 to 2100. Midnight 
Mass on Christmas Eve and 
Christmas Day Masses at 0700, 
0800, 0900, 1000, and 1100. There 
will be special Christmas music 
at the 0800 and 0900 masses; 
Carol singing at the 1000 and 
1100 Masses. Sunday Masses at 
0830, 1000, and 1100. Aviation 
Students are requested to attend 
ithe 0830 Mass if possible. 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030. Rev Harold Cramer, 

Unity Unitarian Church: 

Located at 119 North Pleasant 
Street. Services tomorrow at 
1030 with Rev. Leuning, presid- 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Bev. William Spurrier, Associate 

Continued on Page 2 

Weekend Activities 

i Amherst U.S.O.: 

' The U.S.O. is colorfully decorated 
to meet the holiday spirit. Open 
house will be all day Friday, 
Saturday arid Sunday this week. 
Mrs. Myers and her assistants 
have concluded the package 
wrapping service and claim to 
have tied hundreds of fancy 
bows for the A|S's this year. 
There will be a Christmas party 
Saturday evening and dancing 
with your favorite recordings. 
Sunday afternoon there will be 
a tea dance from 1400 to 1730. 
Northampton U.S.O. : 

Open house all day Christmas 
and Sunday from 1400 to 1800. 
There will be a musical program 
from 1600 to 1700 on Sunday 
afternoon. Special holiday plans 
for entertainment of members of 
the armed forces are being drawn 
up so it will be well worth a 

Continued on Page 2 

^Inttrs Haltiaji (SrpfttngB 

I Christmas Week-end Entertainment 
Planned For Aviation Students 


Christmas Dinner 

Once more Mr. Johnson, manager 
of the mess ha'.l, is planning an- 
other feast for the Aviation Stu- 
dents of the 58th C.T.D. The 
thoughts of the Thanksgiving Din- 
ner that he provided for us still 
lingers in our minds and makes 
us look forward to his Christmas 
Dinner more than ever. 

The menu for Christmas will be 
similar to the Thanksgiving menu 
with its turkey, dressing, almost 
every kind of vegetable, fruit sal- 
ad, pie ice cream and practically 
anything good that one can imagine 
or want. These especially prepared 
meals go far in keeping those of 
us who are not fortunate enough 
to spend the holidays at home, 
more contented and satisfied to re- 
main here. Even though it is im- 
possible for most of us to visit 
home, events such as this and other 
acts of the "Northern Hospitality" 
bring back fond memories and 
make us feel as though we were at 
home again. 

Christmas Message By 
Commanding General 

The following letter was I'eceived 
from Headquarters, Army Air For- 
ces Eastern Flying Training Com- 
mand, Maxwell Field, Alabama. 

"The year 1943 has been a hard 
one for all of us and yet there are 
evidences everywhere of our suc- 
cess, through such unremitting ef- 
forts as those put forth by you and 
your command. On the basis of the 
excellent accomplishments ^yf sta- 
tion commanders during 1943. I 
firmly believe that we shall reach 
new heights of performance in 
our training program in 1944. 

I wish you and all the members 
of your command a Merry Christ- 
mas and a Happy New Year." 
Cordially yours, 
(s) T. J. Hanley, Jr. 
Major General, U.S. Army, 

There is no doubt that the A|S's 
fortunate enough to have received 
passes for the Christmas weekend 
are going to enjoy the holiday to 
the fullest extent. However, many 
men will remain on the Campus 
over the holidays, not being for- 
tunate enough to get home to their 
firesides. What about the sons of 
;he 58th who spend the holidays on 
the Campus? 

The answer is that they are go- 
ing to be well provided for. Because 
of the presence of the Draper 
Hall gir'-s and forty WAVES from 
the Naval Reserve Midshipman's 
School at Northampton, this Christ- 
mas should lack none of its usual 

Festivities start oflPicially at 1930 
Friday night, (Christmas Eve) at 
which time the WAVES and the 
men of Squadron E will put on an 
extemporaneous show at Stock- 
bridge Hall. The show will be fol- 
lowed by motion pictures. 

After that the gi'oup will split 
into two parts. Squadron E will be 
entertained by the girls of Draper 
Hall. A Christmas tree and pres- 
ents will add to the holiday spirit. 
Naturally there will be dancing at 
the party and all sorts of games. 

The WAVES and the remainder 

of the A|S's will take themselves 
to Memorial Hall for dancing. Here 
:he female contingent will be forti- 
fied by the wives and sweethearts 
of the service men. 


London (CNS)— Flight Lt. Des- 
mond Ruchwaldy of the Royal Air 
Force, who broke his back in an 
airplane crash two years ago, shot 
down two Nazi fighters in a recent 
raid on the Belgian base of 
Chievres. Ruchwaldy holds the Dis- 
tinguished Flying Medal. . 



A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th Colleee Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 



Assistant Editor 

Features Editors 
"Good Moaning" 
Weekend Activities 

News Editors 




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be construed as those of the War Department. 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication of credited 
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Christmas Spirit In A War-Torn World 

Perhaps no time of year reminds us of how fast time rushes 
by as Christmas time. When children, the days until Christ- 
mas were anxiously counted off for weeks in advance. As we 
grew older and Christmases beg-an to slide by in quicker suc- 
cession, we had instilled in us a spirit of kindness and truly a 
philosophy of "brotherly love". Christmas came to mean ev- 
erything that was right and good — it stood for righeousness 
and holiness. 

In many places throughout the world people are forced to 
wonder again — "Will Christmas never again be as it was?" 
Thoughts such as these are inevitable because hope is all 
that is left in many a human breast. Their cities and homes 
have been demolished. No gifts for them : only their hope for 
a peaceful world to come — and their conviction that it will 

And yet in many other lands, including our own America, 
the bells will ring out as wildly as ever in celebration of this 
day. These bells that ring 'joy and happiness throughout the 
world proclaim that no matter how great the forces of evil 
that are hurled against us, this age old holiday will never be 
cut out of the calendar nor out of the hearts of the world. 

Now it is up to us to help fulfill the prayers and hopes of 
these peoples of other lands. Surely the best thing we can do 
is to bring the inevitable day of freedom, joy and peace near- 
er by putting everything into the fight, thereby insuring a 
victorious New Year — for then, and only then, will Christ- 
mas again represent all we enjoy and appreciate in life — the 
spirit of "Peace on earth, good will toward men" will again 
pervade the earth. 

Church Services 

Cciilittued from Page 1 
First Baptist Church: 

Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the west 
side of the Commons on South 
Pleasant Street. 

Grace Episcopal Church: 

On Christmas Eve at 2315, there 
will be a Candlelight Coral Eu- 
charistic Service and Christmas 
music. Everyone is invited to 
attend. Christmas Day there will 
be a Holy Communion service at 

Services Sunday at 0800 and 1100 
on B'ol'twood Avenue, east side 
of the Greens. Rev. Jesse Trot- 
ter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

Hebrew Services: 
Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. 
Hertzberg conducts the services. 

Services for men in quarantine: 
Catho'lit Mass at 1000 Christmas. 
Formation will be at Lewis Hall 
at 0930. Sunday Mass will be at 
0830. Formation at Lewis Hall M; 

Protestant services will be held 
Sunday in Memorial Hall at 0900. 
Formation at 0830 in front of 
■ Lewis Hall. 
Hebrew services will be held at 
389 North Pleasant Street in the 
Hillel House at 1400, 1 January. 
Formation at 1320 in front of 
Le^vis Hall. 

Weekend Activities 

Contmued from Psg* I 

Carnegie Hall, Northampton : 

iThere will be a Christmas danlce 
Saturday from 2030 to 2345. Ray 
Black's orchestra will furnish the 
delightful music. The admission 
is thirty-nine cents for the eve- 

Red Cross Services: 

The Red Cross rooms over the 
Amherst Savings Bank is the 
place to take your torn pants or 
button-less shirts, fellows. This 
service is free and the hours are 
iSaturday from 1500 to 1800. You 
may also bring your clothes to 
Stockbridge Hall from 1900 to 
1940 on Wednesday evenings. 

Smith College: 
The Smith College Canteen will 
be closed this weekend and will 
re-open 22 January, 1944. 

On The Campus: 

A special Christmas Eve show 
Continued on Page 3 




1. What is a Horten IV? 

2. The first single-engined U. S. 
carrier based plane to carry a full 
21 inch tin fish internally was the 

3. The pilot of what type of air- 
craft is -"behind the eight4)all"? 

4. What is the effect of too sharp 
a bank when turning a plane? 

5. An oleo strut is used where 
on an airplane? 

6. Define the radius of action, or 
R|A of an airplane. 

7. The system of aircraft engfine 
ignition generally recognized as 
standard is the 

8. What is the largest twin-en- 
gined heavy bomber in service with 
the R.A.F.? 

9. A plane known as the SB2C-1 
to the U. S. Navy would be called 
the by the Army. 

10. The first American made 
bomber to see action in the present 
war was the 

11. Can you name a plane which 
has five engines? 

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In Washington a week ago Sun- 
day, the New York Giants and 
Washington Redskins' tangled in 
a game for the title of Eastern 
Pro Champs. The Washington team 
worked hard to defeat them but 
the Gotham team had different 
thoughts in mind and the Redskins 
came out on the short end of the 

'Last Sunday the two teams met 
again in the Polo Grounds in New 
York, the home stamping grounds 
of the Giants. This game decided 
who would meet the Bears in Chi- 
cago on 26 December for the pro-' 
fessional football crown. The Gi- 
ants just didn't have enough to 
m&ke it three straight. Sammy 
Baugh's arm and toe were largely 
responsible for the Redskins start- 
ling 28 to upset which put the 
Redskins into the championship 
game with the Chicago Bears this 
Sunday. Baugh passed the Giants 
dizzy all afternoon, whi-ie his team- 
mates bottled up the Giants back- 
field very effectively. 

The Chicago Bears have had a 
four week lay off and may be easy 
prey for the Redskins. However, 
the Bears have had a strong team 
losing only to Washington so the 
game isn't an easy picker. 

Now let's take a look at the 
hardcourt where basketball is get- 
ting into full swing. At Madison 
Square Garden in New York City, 
N.Y.U. defeated St. Francis of 
Brooklyn, 52 to 30 and St. Johns 
College whipped the University of 
Detroit, 44 to 31. 

Other scores were, Brown 66 and 
C.C.N.Y. 61, Villanova, with Fee- 
ney's 16 points nosing out Prince- 
ton, 42 to 40 in a nip and tudk 
game all the way. 

Gunder Hagg, famed Swedish 
runner, is the 1943 athlete of the 
year. In winning the title, he is the 
first foreigner ever to walk away 
with the banner in the 13 years 
that the sports writers of the na- 
tion have been voting. 

Spurgeon Chandler," of the World 
Series winning Yankees, is the top 
man in the major leagues this year, 
having allowed less than 2 runs per 
game. His excellent pitching re- 
cord earned him the vote of "most 
valuable player" of the American 

There were 29 throwers this year 
who allowed less than three earn- 

ed runs per game. The lowest on 
record is Walter Johnson's 1.49 per 
game in 1919. 

Both Chandler and Dizzy Trout 
of Detroit each had five shutouts 
apiece this season. 

Allie Reynolds of Cleveland had 
the most strikeouts with 151 and 
Hal Newhauser of the Tigers is- 
sued the most passes with 111. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from page 2 
will be presented in Stockbridge 
Hall 24 December. All A|S's are 
invited to attend, especially men 
in quarantine. Details of the 
program will be found in this 

There will be a New Year's dance 
and entertainment at both Drill 
and Memorial Halls on Friday, 
31 December 1943. 

Amherst Theatre: 
Friday: "Hit Parade of 1943" 
with Susan Hayward and Joan 

Saturday and Sunday: "Girl Cra- 
zy" with Mickey Rooney and 
Judy Garland. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 
"Sweet Rosie O'Grady", with 
glamorous Betty Grable, Robert 
Young, and Adolphe Menjou. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
Friday and Saturday: "Lost Hori- 
zon" with Jane Wyatt and Ron- 
ald Coiman. 

Sunday: "It Happened One 
Night", with Clark Gaible and 
Claudette Colbert. 



Open Post Recreation 

Attention is called to the fact 
that the recreational facilities in 
Memorial Hall are available to all 
aviation students during open post. 
The bowling alleys and pool tables 
should prove a source of amuse- 
ment, especially to those quaran- 
tined men who are restricted to 
the campus. 

The only regulations to be ob- 
served are that bowling score 
sheets be returned to the C. Q.'s 
office and that care is taken of the 
equipment. Pin boys must be fur- 
nished. No charge is made for use 
of any of these facilities. 


Should you walk into a particu- 
lar room on the fourth floor of 
Lewis Hall, you would meet a 
couple of roommates who would 
get you into a m'ost interesting 
"bull session." These A|S's are per- 
haps two of Squadron B's oldest 

This week we'd like to tell you 
of likeable, ever pleasant, A|S John 
Melvin Pietsch, now on his third 

His first association with the 
army was thru the Ohio National 
Guard, where he served from 1937 
to 1940, while living in his home 
town of Cleveland, Ohio. 

A few days before "Peach's" en- 
listment in the guard expired he 
re-enlisted in the 112th Observation 
Sqdn. which was being activated at 
that time. 

I'he 112th was a branch of the 
Army Air Forces so "Peaches" has 
been sporting wings on his should- 
er ever since his enlistment. 

At Pope Field, Fort Bragg, 
Noi-th Carolina, "Peaches" was at- 
tached to an engineering section 
doing work of a mechanical nature 
in connection with aircraft. 

He next participated in maneu- 
vers in the neighborhood of Colum- 
bia, South Carolina. There he took 
part in observation and bombing 

About this time "Peaches" ar- 
rived at Georgetown, North Caro- 
lina, and was wearing one "rocker" 
under his sergeant stripes. 

He served as a crew chief while 
attending the mechanical needs of 
aircraft of the flying l)atrols which 
skirted the Atlantic Coast in search 
of enemy submarines. 

While here "Peaches" was among 
a small group of men selected to 
undergo specialized training . om 
aircraft being constructed by 
Lockeed Air-craft in California. 

Upon his return to the East coast 
his rating was raised to that of 
"Tech" Sergeant. Bis new station 
was on a small island in the Florida 
Keys, where he served as a crew 
chief to planes active in Caribbean 

Just when his stay on the Keys 
was becoming monotonous his out- 
fit was piled abroad sub-chasers 
and transferred to a large air 
base in Cuba. 

It was while in Cuba that he 
entered his application for aviation 
Cadet training, along with that of 
his roommate, A|S Roland A. Mit- 

chell. (Some interesting stories of 
"Mibch's" life will be written in 
next week's column) 

A|S Peitsch has a wealth of in- 
teresting stories concerning his 
experiences. One in particular con- 
cerns the great respect the Amer- 
ican soldier commands in Cuba. 
On one occasion he and "Mitch" de- 
cided to visit Morro Castle, once a 
Spanish prison and fort— now the 
Cuban Military Academy, corres- 
ponding to our West Point. As they 
walked up the trail leading to the 
fort, two Cuban Officers approach- 
ing them jumped to the side of the 
road and snapped to attention, sa- 
luting them as they passed. 

One officer was a IM lieutenant, 
the other a general. They naturally 
were quite flattered and returned 
the courtesy. They soon learned 
that American non-commissioned 
officers were treated similarly 
wherever they went and with 
whomever they talked. 

Should you go up to visit "Peach- 
es" you may be able to draw a good 
yarn out of them, that is, if "Pea- 
ches" isn't practicing "chip" shots 
with a golf iron in preparation for 
the day when he can return to the 
golf course and his consistent 
scores in the eighties. 

Aviation Students 
Hear Maj. Spellman 

A very inspiring talk by Major 
Spellman, navigator on a B17, was 
heard by the members of this com- 
mand Friday afternoon, 17 Decem- 
ber. Having completed more than 
twenty-flve missions over Germany 
and France, the advice and infor- 
mation contained in his talk should 
prove to be of great value to ev- 
eryone who heard him. 

Major Spellman emphasized the 
fac't that all Aviation Students- 
should make every effort in main- 
taining a high standard in their 
academic work while at this de- 
tachment. All of the material cov- 
ered in class work here will be 
used throughout our training per- 
iod and the same material will 
be used when we become pilots, 
navigators, and bombardiers. 

The theme of Major Spellman's 
talk led his audience to the fact 
that the more effort put into their 
work here, the better officers they 
will make. This will increase the 
efficiency of Uncle _Sam's fighting 
forces and will lead us to a com- 
plete and final victory at an ear- 
lier date. 





. . here's one all wrapped up, pretty ribbon and all . . 
two yachtsmen were out on the ocean — one looked out to- 
wards the horizon and noticed something wavering back and 
forth, back and forth. Puzzled he asked his friend what it 
was. The other one sighted it, "Why it must be a nervous 
wreck ! !" . . 3 feathers would make a swell package, but 
it wouldn't tickle me as much as — ^the drunk who walked into 
a Western Union office to send a New Year's greeting to his 
boss. He grabbed a form and wrote the following. Dear Boss : 
Tra la la la tra la la la tra la la la tra la la la tra la 
la la. Signed Joe. The clerk reading the form suggested since 
21 words cost as much as 25, why don't he add another Tra 
la la la. The drunk reddened "Hey bud, you trying to make 
this telegram sound silly ?" 

. . and one almost as old as Christmas itself, or at least 
almost as old as Alex G. Bell — ^Pietsch was talking to his girl 
in the telephone booth. Someone wanted to phone, so they 
both stepped out . . all wrapped up and ready to be 
mailed back to Joe Miller — a lady visited a psychiatrist and 
complained that her family thought she was crazy. The doc 
tor asked her how they jumped to that conclusion. Her an- 
swer, "Doc, I like pancakes!" "There is absolutely nothing 
wrong with that, I like pancakes too." "Doc, what a coinci- 
dence, come over to my house, why I've got six trunksful in 
the closet!" 

. . Dear Santa — When they drafted me I went 
erytime I rolled up my sleeves they gave me "shots" 
thanked Omar for my clothes . . we marched . 
rained . snowed . we maixhed hours days . 
a year . every year a ten minute break never a com- 
plaint. Santa, can I have a SUPERMAN costume for Christ- 

. . my mother used to work in a record shop, but I'm all 
right I'm all right . I'm all right I'm all right 
. a gentleman, after a New Years binge walked into a hotel 
drug store and collapsed into one of the booths, suffering, 
evidently from a devastating hangover. "Can I fix you a 
Bromo-Seltzer?" asked the waitress sympathetically. "Ye 
Gods No!" roared the man. "I couldn't stand thfe noise! . 
sad day for the husband whose wife was always complaining 
that he told her before he married her that he was well off. 
His answer -being that he didn't know it . .they took a 
drive in his car and all the time she kept shaking her head. 
After sixty miles she finally told him her nose was caught in 
the windshield wiper. 

. . my Christmas wish I guess wouldn't come true now, 
but I wanted to- marry Betty Grable for her money . . 
MERRY CHRISTMAS ! ! ! everybody. 






Squadron D 

Well, all of us have all made a 
few flights now. Some of us still 
call ourselves "hot pilots". There's 
plenty to learn, lots of hard work 

Flying gives some people odd 
ideas it seems. A|S Peter J. Mc- 
Oormack, "Bullneck", recently was 
seen taking part in a vigorous 
game of hopscotch, for example, 
tch. tich! 

Probably the most advanced stu- 
dent is A|S James "Motor Pool" 
Clark, who is making 360 degree 
turns at a 90 degree bank without 
stalling. Congratulations, Baron 

A|S Jim Gore requests that we 
remind the coeds that he won't be 
available very much longer. You 
girls must make your reservations 
through the proper channels, i;his 

AIS Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

We hated to say goodbye to A|S 
"Pappy" Nolan. He was trans- 
ferred to Denver this week. He is 
such a grand guy. We all wish him 
the best of luck. 

What's new in A|S Pace's win- 
dow-to-window romance ? 

A|S Mills falls asleep in the 
strangest places. (Wonder what a 
certain young lady will say when 
she reads this ? ) 

Who inspires A|S Deeter to write 
such beautiful poetry . . about 
airplanes ? 

A|S Price asks Santa for a book 
of tried and true love letters. 
Seems as though his original ef- 
forts haven't brought about the 
desired results. 

A|S Wilbur M. Partridge 

Squadron B 

Congratulations, A'S Leland Ri- 
chie and Mrs. Richie ! We hear that, 
you're the proud parents of an SVi 
lb. baby boy. Let's hope that he 
grows up to be a shining example 
of his old man. 

Congratulations, AjS Penner, the 
only known person to read a slide 
rule to seven places! Where did the 
four extra ones come from, Art.?, 

The typical Chicago tough guy is 
A|S John Phifer. He wears every 
thing from long underwear to 
several pairs of socks now that it's 
a trifle ? ? cold here. 

A]S James D. Morley has been 
seen quite frequently at the U.S.O. 
on Sunday afternoons. The New 
England girls are being taught the 
s;yle of dancing originating in 
Chicago alone. When he reads this, 
he'll correct us by saying, "The 
SOUTH side of Chicago alone". 
Come to think of it: A|S Michalik 
has been assisting him quite cap- 
ably and also hails from the 
SOUTH side of the windy city. 

A|S William M. Morris 
A|S Carl J. Nicolosi 

Squadron A 

. With the advent of the skating 
season. Squadron A definitely had 
its share of the skaters. In rfact, 
so enthusiastic were they, that A|S 
Melvin Light and A|S Robert Lloyd 
fell through and emerged from 
water waist deep. Came Sunday 
and Squadron A again put on an 
exhibition on the ice which con- 
sisted of a jumping contest. Among 
those that jumped approximately 
thirteen feet (across two twigs) 
were, A|S Hoagland, A|S Kuhlman 
and A|S Malthaner. Also seen slid- 
ing across the ice in a horizontal 
position was A|S Cooper. 

lit seems that AjS Gibson is 
getting married. We have an idea 
that he is taking the important 
step over the holiday so we'll take 
this opportunity to wish him all 
the good luck in the world. 

A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky. 

Squadron E 

The men in room 213 challenge 
any other 4 man room to a game 
of football after Friday's G.I. 

Captain Congleton wondered 
where Squadron E was last Satur- 
day evening. The hike was too 
much, Sir!!!!! 

No!!, A|S Semski you can't rent 
that apartment in Butterfield Hall. 

Does anyone here come from 
Buggsville, Idaho? It is between 
East Cupcake and Westovershoe, 
Idaho. If so contact A|S Jasinski, 
he's homesick. 

There will be another Christmas 
next year in which we can visit 
our dear ones, so chins up men. 
Considering our present surround- 
ing We are still pretty well off. 

It wasn't the weather that made 
the boys knees knock. We started'- 
classes Monday. 

A|S Henry Ross 




Vol. 1 No. 42 


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Church Services 

Hebrew Services: 
Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. 

First Baptist Church: 

Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the weat 
side of the Comm<m$ on South 
Pleasant Street. 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030, Sunday. Rev. Har- 
old Cramer, Pastor. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 

Located at 119 North Pleasant 
St. Services Sundiay at 1030; 
Rev; Leuning. 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Rev. William Spurrier, Associate 

Grace Episcopal Church: 

New Year's Eve Watch Night 
Service at 2330. 

Continutd on Page 2 

Weekend Activities 

On Campus: 

There will be a New Year's Eve 
dance and entertainment at Drill 
Hall and Memorial Hall on Fri- 
day, 31 December 1943. 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

Dancing New Yeara Eve to your 
flavorite recordings. The USO 
will have its regular open house 
hours on Saturday and Sunday 
with dancing Sunday afternoon 
from 1400 to 1730. 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

The USO will be open Saturday 
from 1200 bo 2330 with dancing 
Siaturday evening. Open house 
hours Sunday, are 1400 to 1800 
with a music recital from 1600 
to 1730. * 

Red Cross Services: 

Mending service for the A|S's 
Saturday from 1300 to 1730 in 
the Red Cross rooms over the 
Amherst Bank. Mending service 
also at Stockbridge Hall Wednes- 
day from 1900 to 1940. Clothes 
may be picked up the following 
Continued on Page 2 

Christmas In 


iThe spirit of Christmas tim# it- 
self pervaded the Mass. State cam- 
pus this week-end past. The broad 
expanses of our campus, ivy- 
colored buildings, the trees holding 
out their stiff naked arms against 
the sky, the lack of marching sec- 
tions, the winding roads only oc- 
casionally disturbed by a passing 
car — ^all these were evidence that 
the Christmas week-end had at last 

The holiday interlude is one of 
contrasts — ^good joyous fun in the 
midst of solemnity, ringing carols 
in the presence of silence itself. 
Mass. State had its contrasts too. 

The campus that otherwise was 
quiet, saw the Draper Hall girls 
and forty WAVES from Northamp- 
ton, and various other guests noisi- 
ly and happily celebrate Christmas 
Eve at Draper Hall along with 
many memhers of the 58th C.T.D. 
This coming weekend will likewise 
witness a gay party at .both Drill 
and Memorial Halls but it will not 
be held in the midst of a still, si- 
lent campus. The New Year is 
rightly celebrated in an entirely 
different spirit than the Yule holi- 

New Year 



The American nation faces the 
New Year with the determination 
to end the European War during 

Capt. Congleton faces the New 
Year with the determination to get 
the men of the 58th properly 
clothed early in 1944. It's not that 
they dont have clothes or don't 
wear them, it's just that they're 
casual in the way they do it. Capt. 
Oongleton is resolved that they will 
not be casual. The men by their 
actions have shown that they are 
equally resolved to be as casual as 

All of the men, being above av- 
erage in intelligence, have worked 
Continued on Page 2 

New Year's Weekend Features 
Informal Dance At Drill Hall 

Christmas Party Voted 
Huge Success 

Squadron "E" didn't travel as 
far as some of the other members 
of the detachment having taken 
just a hop-skip and jump to Draper 
Hall where they settled down to a 
swell evening that proved to be a 
success both materially and social- 

Everybody connected with the 
affair deserves a bundle of praise, 
and no doubt, thank-you's can be 
handed back and forth to all par- 
ties involved. We might note a few 
of these "thanks" because they are 
all well deserving. To Squadron 
"E" for being so thoughtful and 
presenting the girls of Draper Hall 
and Mr. Johnson with identifica- 
tion bracelets; to the swell Draper 
Hall girls for giving the boys of 
Squadron "E" earmuffs, and for 
doing everything to make the affair 
a lively festive party; to the 
WAVE'S who made their presence 
so welcome and for adding their 
delightful voices in the carol sing- 
ing; and last but not least to Rev.' 
Easton, whose efforts were largdy 
responsible for organizing the af- 

With A|S "Hank" Ross as the 
master of ceremonies, the evening 
got underway. The entertainment 
included such novelties as harmon- 
ica duets and renditions by the 
orchestra. These and numerous 
other enjoyable performances all 
went to put the evening over in a 
big way. 






• New Year's weekend will find the 
Aviation Students of the 58th 
C.T.D. royally taken care of by the 
Mass. State Coeds; nothing un- 
usual in this, we'll admit, but any- 
way here's what's going to happen: 

Dancing, cards and bowling are 
activities numbered among those 
available to celebrate the arrival 
of "Baby 1944". Those who like to 
swing and sway will find the music 
of every big name band at the 
Drill Hall which will be trans- 
formed into a beautiful dancing 
arena by a few master touches. 

Memorial Hall's ground floor will 
be available for cards and conver- 
sation for the lame, halt, blind and 
intellectual. Bowling alleys will be 
available if our local gremlins will 
consent to play the role of pin- 
boys. The second floor will take 
care of the overflow from the Drill 

Unfortunately the Drill Hall can- 
not be decorated as elaborately as 
usual due to the fire laws and war 
s<^rcities but if the present spirit 
continues, the New Year will be 
greeted in the way to which it has 
become accustomed. 

Balloons, streamers and confetti 
will amuse the high-spirited gath- 

Tickets are available at Draper 
Hall and can also be purchsed at 
the door of Drill Hall for $.25. 

Partners are available for all 
comers. One word of caution: IT 
January 1st.!!!!!!! 


Maj. Peck Visits 58th 

Last Thursday, 23 December, this 
detachment was visited by Major 
Fremont C. Peck, director of the 
College Training Section of the 
Army Air Forces Eastern Flying 
Training Command. 

Major Peck has been in charge 
of the college training program 
since its inception last March. He 
visited this detachment while mak- 
ing a tour of other New England 
college training detachments. 




A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 68th CoUeee Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relation* Officer 



Assistant Editor 

Features Editors 
"Good Moaning" 
Weekend Activities 

News Editors 





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be conatrued as those of the War Department. 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Rapubliostion of orodlted 
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New Year Revolution 

Continued from page 1 
out systems to "beat the game". 
For instance A|S Carleton L. Mullis 
(L. for "Lounger") has discovered 
that the Captain enjoys eating ice 
cream and hence puts a lot of con- 
centration into the process. There- 
fore on any Wednesday evening, he 
can be seen scooting past the com- 
missioned officers' table, a trium- 
phant grin on his face and his tie 
proudly exposing its entire length 
down the front of his swelling 
ichest. Capt. Congleton has made a 
very special resolution in regard to 
this particular case. 

A|S "Hank" Green (Sq. C) ha« 
been in the habit of gliding past 
the Captain's table ever since the 
day two weeks ago that "Hank" 
was stopped by the Captain who 
had noticed the A|S's flushed face. 
("Hank" had just finished having 
a word with Miss Carol Goodchild 
but the Captain was unaware of 
this). Thinking his red face was a 
symptom of the"flu,"our Command- 
ing Officer ordered A|S Green to 
report to the infirmary the follow- 
ing day. Evidently Miss Good- 
child's charms had a lasting effect 
because "Hanks" temperature was 
still abnormal the next day and he 
was kept in the infirmary two days 
for observation. 

After this incident "Hank" be- 
came slinky going by the Captain. 
If you thought he was slinky then, 
however, you should see his slinki- 
ness now! It seems that "Hank" is 
a late sleeper and hastily puts on 
his O.D.'s over his pajamas in the 
morning to save time. If "Hank" 
doesn't tread the floor lightly his 

pajama pants show below his trou- 
sers where they are shaken by the 
vibration the huge man causes as 
he walks. Therefore he takes it 
easy. As a warning to other evil-do- 
ers of this stripe, Capt. Congleton 
has made this resolution — He will 
see to it that you wear your uni- 
form properly even if it means re- 
turning to the ibarracks to get into 
proper dress. Take warning!!!!! 

Church Services 

Continued from Page I 
Services Sunday at 0800 and 1100 
on Boltwood Avenue, east side 
of the Greens. Rev. Jesse Trot- 
ter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 
St. Brigid's CathoUc Church: 
Holy Day Masses on Saturday at 
0600, 0700, 0800, and 0900. Sun- 
day Masses at 0700, 0830, 1000, 
1100. Friday Holy Hour from 
1900 to 2000, and Confessions 
from 2000 to 2100. 
Aviation Students are requested 
to attend the 0830 Mass on Sun- 
day if possible. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Pdg* 1 

evening, siame time. 

Carnegie Hall, Northampton: 
There will be a New Years dance 
on Saturday evening from 2000 
to 2345. Ray Black's orchestra 
will furnish the music. Admission 
is $.39. 

Amherst Theatre: 

New Years eve show, "Whistling 
In Brooklyn" with Red Skelton. 
Friday and Saturday: "Old Ac- 
quaintance", with Betty Davis 
and Miriam Hopkins. 
Sunday: "Whistling In Brook- 
CoHtinnid on Page 3 



II. What are the characteristics 
of the monocoque fuselage con- 
struction ? 

2. A certain U. S. Army bomber 
named after a state is a modifica- 
tion of another bomber named after 
a city in this state. Name 'em! 

3. Is the following a true state- 
ment? A wobble pump is used to 
rock a plane on its longitudinal 
axis and thus spoil the aim of an- 
tiaircraft gun crews. 

4. fThe most noticeable change 
made on the Flying Fortress and 
incorporated in the latest model, 
the B-17G is: 

5. At what rate do aircraft 
machine guns fire? 

6. The Army numbers, C-47, 
C-49 and C-53, all refer to what 
peacetime airliner now turned war- 

7. What German aircraft is pow- 
ered by two liquid cooled engines 
which have radial type cowlings ? 

8. A famous British plane, a de- 
velopment of a plane which deci- 
sively won the Schneider Trophy 
in 1931 and later set a world's 
speed record of 407 miles per hour, 
is the . 



Answers To Quiz 

1. The monocoque fuslage is one 
which derives much of its strength 
from its skin or shell. 

2. The Martin Baltimore is pat- 
terned after the Maryland made 
by the same company. It is a 
little longer, deeper bellied and 
considerably faster. Both are two 
en'gined, .single tailed planes. 

3. Very much so! A wobWe 
pump is a hand operated device 
used on the pressure feed system 
of a plane to prime the engine 
driven fuel pump, or in case of a 
failure of the engine driven pump. 

4. A chin turret under the bom- 
bardier's compartment from which 
protrude twin .50 caliber machine 

5. At from 600 to 1200 rounds 
per minute, depending on the type. 
A combat pilot seldom f ir^ a burst 
of over 25 rounds however. 

6. The DC-3 Douglas. 

.7. The Junkers JU-88. 
8. Vickers^Supermarine 






The battle of the behemoths took 
place last Sunday afternoon at 
Wrigley Field in the cold, windy 
city of Chicago. The Redskins of 
Washing'ton, D. C. and the rough 
and ready Chicago Beiars roared up 
and down the gridiron for one hour 
of rough and tumble football. The 
Bears came out on the long end of 
a 41 to 21 score — the score is an 
indication of which team held the 
upperband during the game. 

"Slinging" Sammy Baugh of 
Washington was injured early in 
the game while tackling the Bears 
great back, Sid Luckman. Baugh 
played on despite an injury to his 

Luckman threw five touchdown 
passes and set a professional play- 
off record. The Bears can now rest 
on their laurels and wait for next 
selason to roll around. 

Now for a look at some interest- 
ing baseball statistics. Slugging 
Stan Musial, a reformed southpaw 
pitcher, succeeds Ernie Lombardi 
as the Nation/al League's batting 
king for 1943. Musial swatted the 
apple last season at a hot .357 
clip, the best since Ducky Medwick 
rang up a .374 in 1937. 

In winning the club title the St. 
Louis' Red Birds had an average 
of .279. The punch-less Boston 
Braves held down the cellar post 
with an anemic .233. 

With the six bowl games to be 
played this Saturday, this writer 
drew cards out of the proverbial 

hat and came out with these selec- 

In the Rose Bowl, at Pasadena, I 
select the Washington Huskies to 
win by ten points. At New Or- 
leans in the Sugar Bowl — -Tulsa to 
topple Georgia Tech by two touch- 
downs. In the Orange Bowl — Texas 
A & M to defeat Louisiana State 
20 to 6— the Randolph Field Flyers 
to win over the Texas Longhorns 
by at least a dozen markers — in the 
Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas, South- 
western is my choice to annihilate 
New Mexico 40 to 14. At Houston, 
Texas in the Oil Bowl — Arkansas 
A. & M. to defeat Southwestern 
Louisiana Institute, 25 to 6. 

In the East-West game at San 
Francisco, Calif, the Easterners 
should prove the stronger of the 
two and come out on top of la 20 to 
13 score. 

After the games are over any re- 
marks or criticisms, good or other- 
wise, will be addressed to this col- 
umn and this writer will attempt to 
squeeze out of any bad selections 

Lt. Dave Cameron, former Dart- 
mouth tackle and New York sports 
writer, is stationed at the Army 
Air Base in Pocatello, Ida. 

Duke University's football team 
lost 23 of its top varsity players 
to more advanced training centers 
in the middle of the gridiron sea- 

Answers on page 4 


This week's personality is A|S 
Roland A. Mitchell, master ser- 
geant, the other half of the combi- 
nation we wrote of last week. 

"Mitch", Illinois born, Ohio bred, 
has been supporting himself 
throughout most of his life on 
knowledge gained from a mechan- 
ics course he completed while stiJl 
in high school. 

When still quite young "Mitch", 
along with two buddies, left home 
in a Model A, and travelled around 
the country doing odd jobs, usually 
along the mechanical line. 

At one location they stayed long 
enough to construct a racing car. 
With"Mitch"as driver, they entered 
a number of races and collected 
several first places. All went well' 
until one day they ran into a fence 
along the track and ended this ad- 

Motorcycle trips and competing 
in hill climbs fascinated him tem- 
porarily. He then entered the Army 
Air Corps and was assigned to the 
113th Observation Squadron. 

It was in the 112th that "Mitch" 
.first became associated with "Pea- 
ches" and they have been in the 
same units throughout most of 
their army careers. 

"Mitch" was among a group of 
men who underwent specialized 
training courses dealing with the 
mechanical operation of B-24's and 

Since his entry into the army, 
his duties have been those of Aeri- 
al Engineer, Flight Chief, Line In- 
spector and Line Chief, his job 
while in Cuba. 

As Line Chief his duties entailed 
complete supervision of all the air- 
craft and equipment of an entire 

When talking to "Mitch", many 
interesting facts of his army ca- 
reer are uncovered, especially cus- 
toms of Cuba where he served for 
quite some time. 

One such custom deals with the 
manner of courtship. Whenever a 
fellow coui-ts the daughter of a 
respectable family, at least one of 
the parents accompanies the couple 
wherever they go. 

Another custom makes it more 
expensive for an individual after 
his death than when he is alive. 
Buriial lots are rented by the year, 
and, should the family of the de- 
ceased become lax in its rental 
payments, the body is taken out of 
the. ground and moved to less choice 


The cost of living in Cuba is 
quite low, as are prices on certain 
imported jewelry, perfumes, silk 
stockings, and watches. "Mitch" 
claims Cuba would be an excellent 
place to go Christmas shopping. 

In the event you haven't already 
had the pleasure of "Mitch's" ac- 
quaintance, he's the lanky, smiling 
flight sergeant in charge of the 
second flight of Squadron "B". 

Odds'n Ends 

Now that ice skating season 
seems to be in full swing, we re- 
mind the A|S's that ice skates may 
be borrowed from the C.Q.'s office 
in Memorial Hall. There are now 
twenty-five pairs of skates avail- 

The Draper Hall girls wish to 
thank the men of Squadron E for 
the bracelets they received at the 
Christmas Party. They all appre- 
ciated the help and cooperation 
shown by the men on post over the 

The importance of civilian help 
to the war effort has obviously been 
strongly recognized by the War 
Department in its awarding of 
ribbons for essential service on the 
home front. 

On this campus, Miss AdaUne 
Jakimko and Mrs. Hazel Pratt 
have been awarded the Air Corps 
ribbon for service of over six 
months in connection with the Ar- 
my Air Forces. Miss Jakimko is a 
stenographer-clerk at headquarters 
while Mrs. Pratt acts in the same 
capacity in the personnel office. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from Page 2 
lyn" with Red Skelton. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 

New Years Eve. show, "Girl Cra- 
zy" with Mickey Rooney and 
Judy Garland. 

Also special New Years short 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 
"Girl Crazy" with Mickey Roon- 
ey and Judy Garland. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 

Friday: Midnite show, "Never 
A Dull Moment" Frances Lang- 
ford and Ritz Brothers. 
Saturday and Sunday: "TTie Un- 
known Guest" with Veda Ann 
Borg and Victor Jory. 




By Mortimer 




Writing this column Monday was quite a headache but then 
again if I remember carefully I think I had that Monday 
headache before I ever thought of this week's column. I 
didn't have a rough week-end, but let the cold weather come : 
this boy got all his anti-f reeze. 

I took my aunt out riding, 

Though icy was the breeze. 

I put her in the rumble seat, 

To watch my "anti"-freeze. 
Maybe if you hunt hard, turn the page upside down, this-a- 
way, and that-a-way, you might find a gag. (That word leaves 
a bad taste in my mouth.) 

, . the street cleaner, the fellow who never puts the cart 
in front of the horse ... the fellow who peeked into win- 
dows told his friends to, "Join the nervy and see the world!" 
... a wom'an's face is her fortune 'cause it draws a lot of 
interest . . . one swallow may not al'ways^ake a summer, 
but one grasshopper can make a spring ..,-. . have you got a 
match?— "Have I? Say I've got matdhes to burn!" . . . 

Two Americans were staying in India and during their stay 
they became great friends with the maharajah. The mahai^a- 
jah treated them royally, gave them free run of his palace, 
parties, whatever they wished. One day he called them into 
his throne room and invited them to his birthday party which 
was to be given in the palace the following night. Going home 
the two Americans had the hardest time figuring out what to 
give the m'aharajah as a present, since they were flat broke. 
The following night the party was in full swing. One of the 
Americans walked in, kneeled in front of the maharajah and 
presented him with a bunch of bananas. The maharajah 
Stared, stunned by the fact that after treating the Americans 
so royally, all he brought for his birthday was a bunch of 
bananas. Angered he ordered his guards to grab the American 
and one by one shove the bananas down his throat. The 
guards went about their task and kept pushing whole bana- 
nas down the victims throat. The victim, though being tor- 
tured, kept laughing all the time. The maharajah was puz- 
zled, here they were shoving bananas down his throat and all 
he kept doing was laughing. He ordered the guards to stop and 
asked the American what was so funny. Through a burst of 
laughter the American answered, "My buddy is bringing 
pineapples !" 

Answers to Identification Quiz! 

Not at No. 1! It's the U. S. Navy 
PBY-5 "Catalina," a twin-engine, 
high-wing patrol bomber flying 
boat. Its hull projects well ahead of 
the engine nacelles. The center 
panel of the wings is rectangular 
and the outer sections taper \o 
square-cut tips. The leading edge 
of the tailplane tapers to rounded 
tips. It has a single fin and rudder. 
Hold your fire, boys. 

Fire at No. 2! It's the German 
Blohm and Voss Ha. 140, a twin- 
engine reconnaissance, torpedo car- 
rying and mine laying seaplane. 
Its mid-wings taper to broad 
rounded tips. The twkD engines are 
set in the wings directly albove the 
twin floats. The high and braced 
rectangular tailplane has twin fins 
and rudders. Aim carefully. Fire. 


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Squadron D 

Well, some of us got home for 
Christmas this year, and some had 
their big meal here. The holiday 
experiences were varied and many, 
and took place anywhere from met- 
ropolitan Amherst to New York 
and Baltimore. 

A|S Jack Flatley spent la couple 
of months before Chrisltmas hang- 
ing up his sock at Butterfield and 
was pleasantly surprised to find it 
filled by his faithful coed. Quite an 
original sock too — ^with handker- 
chiefs, nuts, cigarettes, cigars, a 
scarf, and candy. 

The rest of the boys seem to have 
been we41-treated by Santa too, 
and we only hope our officers, tea- 
chers, and flying instructors are 
just as happy. We wish to take 
this opportunity to polish the apple 
and wish them a Happy New Year. 
Keep 'em flying! 

A|S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

Sergeant Brown's Christmas was 
brightened by the appearance of 
his wife, an ensign stationed in 
Washington, D.C. 

The "Unholy Five" would like 
to know why A|S Cook goes skat- 
ing so frequently. 

The reason for A|S Zuendel's 
popularity with the fellows is the 
vivacious Beatrice. "Honest, fellas, 
she'll only be here another week. 
Give a guy a break!" 

A|S Carl May and A|S Jewel P. 
White gave their wives identical 
Christmas presents. The wives will- 
ingly reciprocated by giving them 
wedding bands. 

A|S Riley, A|S Readmen, A|S 
Mickler and their dates enjoyed the 
company of Charlie Spivak at their 
table the other night. A|S Riley 
and the band leader had preA^ous- 
ly met. 

A|S Wilbur N. Partridge 

Squadron B 

A|S William Orndorff is to be 
congratulated on his Christmas Eve 
marriage to the former Miss Shir- 
ley Borg of Washington, D.C. 

Professor Ross is the all out man 
for physics! After school, he con- 
veniently demonstrated the physics 
of hand springs on the front lawn 
of Goessman Hall. (Following 
which the members of sections 131 

and 132 proceeded to brelak their 

The moans and groans at the 
Physical Education building Mon- 
day morning were the after effects 
of our short Christmas vacation. 
Squadron B is to be thianked for 
the sound effects. The physical tor- 
ture was well worth a week-end of 
fun, and we'd do it again for an- 
other week-end. 

A|S John Meranda still thinks 
physics is drawing circles on a 
blaCkbolard and talking around 

A|S WiUiam Morris 
A|S Carl J. Nicolos! 

Squadron A 

If there had been a Squadron A 
here last Christmas I think the 
morning after would probably have 
looked much the same as this one. 
To quialify our statement we have 
the excellent example of A|S Mc- 
Chesney who, while standing on 
the Newark train platform, looked 
much as though someone had just 
hit him over the head . . Also 
seen in an extremely happy state 
of mind was A|S Dutton — we won- 
der why? 

After seeing the picture that 
A|S Conley hiad of his wife and 
child we appreciate his anxiety to 
see them. Here's hoping he does 

From our reports it seems that 

the Christmas dinner out-did the 

Thanksgiving dinner — and the 

WAVES met with approval also! 

A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 

Squadron E 

A|S Dietrich wishes to inform 
anyone using the bilass horns that 
if the notes sound like music in the 
breeze, it is caused by the leaves 
in the system of conductor pipes. 

Did you know that — A|S King 
writes letters with his hat on. 
A|S "Mother Weaver 
Seamstress (at heart). 

If the members of the other 
squadrons think they wear hot 
pajamas, take a look at A|S Mulli- 
gan, and A|S Ray Wagner some 
night when they retire. 

The occupants of 219 like fresh 
air but A|S Rube Wienstien says 
he doesn't like to bite it off to in- 
hale it. 

AIS Hank Ross 


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Subscription Free 

Church Services 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030, Sunday. Rev. Har- 
old Cramer, Pastor. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 

Located at 119 North Pleasant 
St. Services Sundiay at 1030; 
Rev. Leuning. 

First Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Rev. William Spurrier, Associate 

Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services Sunday at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Avenue, east 
side of the Greens. Rev. Jesse 
Trotter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

First Baptist Church: 

Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the west 
side of the Commons on South 
Pleasant Street. 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 
Confessions Saturday from 1600 
to 1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0830, 1000, 
and 1100. A|S are requested to 
attend the 0830 Mass if possible. 

Hebrew Services: 
Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. 

Weekend Activities 

On the Campus: 

Bowling alleys and pool tables 
are provided for your use during 
open post hours at Memorial 
Hall. The alleys are free but you 
provide your own pin setter. 
There are 25 pairs of ice-skates 
at the CQ's desk which may be 
sigrned for and used during your 
spare time and weekends. 
Red Cross Services: 
Mending for the A|S's Saturday 
from 1300 to 1730 in the Red 
Cross rooms over the Amherst 
Bank. Mending also at Stock- 
bridge Hall Wednesday from 
1900 to 1940. Clothes may be 
picked up the following night at 
the same time. 

Continutd on Page 2 

"Two Proud Pappas" 

A|S's John D. Thomas and Wil- 
liam Holzapfel, room-mates in 
room 206 Lewis Hall and of Squad- 
ron E, joined the list of proud 
fathers of the 58th C.T.D. last 
week. On 1 Jan. a baby boy ar- 
rived at the home of A|S and Mrs. 
William Holzapfel at Johnstown, 
Pa. and coincidentally enough, 2 
Jan. a baby girl was born to A|S 
and Mrs. John D. Thomas at Buffa- 
lo, N. Y. It seemed to have been a 
race between the storks as to which 
would be the first to arrive. We 
might mention that A|S Thomas 
was offering heavy odds that he 
would be the father of a boy. For- 
tunately for him, no one accepted 
his offer. 

The 58th C.T.D. extends congrat- 
ulations to both families. 

Waves Give *Lowdo W 
On Aviation Students 

Perhaps many A|S's wondered 
just what the "league standings" 
were after the Christmas Eve 
dance when the aviation students 
attempted to show the superiority 
of "an eagle's life to that of a sea 
gull's". A few contented them- 
selves by merely demonstrating the 
ways of vultures, however. 

In a brief talk with one of these 
WAVES several interesting things 
were learned regarding the service 
women's opinion of us A|S's. 

First let me say that they en- 
joyed their visit here and would 
enjoy coming again — Not to break 
my arm patting ithe A|S'8 on the 
back. They also were most cordial 
in inviting A|S's to visit them. 

The WAVES' general opinion of 
us, after the Christmas Eve dance, 
was that the AjS's were very 
courteous and respectful — almost 
to the point of bashfulness. They 
claim they much prefer "a poUte 
soldier to one of these lucky ones — 
lucky because he is so much in love 
with himself and hasn't a rival in 
all the world". Some of our "rebel 
A|S's" in particular gave these 
WAVES the opportunity to say 

New Year's Celebration 
Highlighted By Gala 

Drill Hall Dance 

AfS Wives Form Club 

Aviation Students of this com- 
mand who are married and whose 
wives are living in Amherst or 
vicinity met with Captain Congle- 
ton in Memorial Hall Thursday 
evening, 6 Jan. at 1930 o'clock. The 
meeting was called for the purpose 
of gathering necessary informa- 
tion so that an attempt can be made 
to organize a wives club. Through 
the organization of such a club, it 
is the hope of headquarters and 
higher aulthority that the stay of 
the wives fai Amherst may be made 
more happy. 

that, for once, the G.I. wolf-pack 
didn't try to sweep them complete- 
ly off their feet. 

They seem quite confident that, 
as in the song, "The WAGS and 
WAVES will win the war". The 
general consensus of opinion of 
several of the WAVES is that the 
war should end about the summer 
of 1945. It was explained, they are 
not so much optimistic as realistic. 

One of the A|S's who was paired 
off with a WAVE, blinkingly and 
blushingly explained- that he was a 
married man. The WAVE promptly 
said, "That's all right, I'm married 
also" — though a white lie, it at 
least put our A[S at ease. 

The WAVES seem to enjoy dat- 
ing A|S*s and all soldiers — they 
claim they see enough of '*bell- 
bottomed trousers and coats of 
navy blue" while on duty. 

One criticism was of our dancing 

A bit of conversation heard dur- 
ing the dancing went as follows: 
A|S: "Gee, this is a swell dance 
floor"! WAVE: "How would you 
know? You've been on my feet all 
night". Therefore fellows, when 
borrowing a girl's frame for the 
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"Favorites" — was the theme of 
the New Year's Ball held last Fri- 
day evening at the Drill Hall. Ev- 
erything at the Ball was some- 
body's favorite this-or-that. 

The recordings were everyone's 
favorites. Figuring that one out is 
simple. The number of "let's sit 
ithis-one-outers" is largely depend- 
ent upon two things. Their num- 
ber grows larger as the average 
attractiveness of the girls increas- 
es. Their number diminishes as the 
quality of the music increases. 
Friday night there were few "sit- 
ter-outers". Since we know how the 
A|S's appreciate the beauty of the 
Mass. State girls, we can solve for 
the unknown — ^the quality of the 
recordings. They must have been 

President and Mrs. Baker, Dean 
and Mrs. Machmer and Mr. Miller, 
(Math. Dept.) were among the re- 
presentatives of the coUegfe's civil- 
ian population. The military com- 
ponent was also well represented 
in the persons of Captain and Mrs. 
Ryan and Lt. and Mrs. Rumpler of 
the local R.O.T.C. unit, and our 
own officers were represented by 
Captain Congleton and Tit. Kelly 
who escorted his charming wife. 

Uniforms naturally predomi- 
nated at the ball. Everyone en- 
joyed the ice-cream (delicious, as 
usual), cookies, sandwiches and 

With a setup like that just de- 
scribed, what affair wouldn't be a 
success? This one certainly was. 

Amherst Forum 

The subjectt, "The Treatment of 
the Vanquished Nations" will be 
taken up by the Amherst Com- 
munity Forum. All Aviation Stu- 
dents are invited to Jones Library, 
Amherst, 1700, 9 January, 1944 ibo 
hear the discussion of ithis inter- 
esting topic. 



A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 68th College Training Detachment 
Massachusetts State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 
LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 

Assistant Editor WILLIaIi H. ORNDORFF 

Features Editor WAYNE L. MOORE 

"Good Moaning" MORTIMER MATZ 

"Biographies" WILLIAM J. MILLER 

Weekend Activities WALTER A. NORDSTROM 


Photographer JOHN PRETTO 

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be construed as those of the War Department. 

"Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication of credited 
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News Editors 


Honor — A Prime Factor In Human Relations 

In che course of our school careers we may have heard the facetious 
but unthinking, remark that "you can have the honor; I'll take the 
system". We may even have received the idea some of our colleagues 
felt thai the Honor System was merely an idealistic — nice to talk 
about but of no practical value. 

Nevertheless, in many dealings in our lives we count on nothing so 
much as the trust we have in a person or persons to insure our being 
dealt with fairly. Today, as always, successful military experiences de- 
pend on honor, discipline, and leadership. Without any one of these the 
structure must collapse; without the first of ichese the other two cannot 
be perfectly attained. 

It is hardly necessary to point out ithat if a person cannot be counted 
on to play square in less important things, it is hardly likely that he 
can be relied on when the going is tough. That is 'the practical aspect 
of the importance of the Honor System in the Army Air Forces. 

The importance of the Honor System now is great; as we advance in 
our training it will grow greai:er; and our perfected training will cer- 
tainly include perfect appreciation of, and respect for, the Honor 

It doesn't .stop there however. If there is to be a peace of a perman- 
eni; nature, it must be based on mutual trust among nations. Man is the 
primary instrument of war — he must likewise be the primary instru- 
ment of peace. That is in the future, however. Our immediate con- 
cern is to win the war, and if we are to assisit in that job in the capacity 
we have selected and for which we are being trained, the Honor System 
must be something more than somthing "nice to talk aboult". It must be 
a prime motivating force: indeed, it must be a philosophy of life. 

Buf iir! I m afraid you don t quite understand our meaning of 
the word "GIG'!" 

Weekend Activities 

Conshuud from PMgt 1 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

The USO will be open from 0900 
to 2330 Saturday and Sjnday 
from 0900 to 2000. During the 
week open hours are during your 
release from quarters with the 
exception that it will be closed 
Tues., 11 Jan. You may check 
packages there at any time. Any 
Hostess on duty will mail parcels 
if you leave the recipient's ad- 
dress and the contents of the 
package. This service is free to 
all A|S's. Dancing Sunday after- 
noon from 1400 to 1700 with re- 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

Open house hours are all day 
Saturday and Sunday from 1400 
uniil 2000. Dancing Saturday 
nights with recordings until 
2300. Refreshments will be 
served during intermission. Sun- 
day afternoon from 1600 to 1730, 
a music recital will be featured. 
All A|iS's are invited to attend 
and join in the fun at the USO. 

Carnegie Hall, Northampton: 

The regular Saturday dance will 
be scheduled from 2000 until 
2300. Ray Black's orchestra will 
furnish the sweet danceable mu- 
sic. The admission fee is .39 cts. 
Amherst Theatre: 

Sat.: "Happy Land." with Don 
Ameche and Frances Dee. 
Sun.: "Let's Face It." starring 
Bob Hope. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 

Sat. and Sun.: "The Lady Takes 
A Chance." vdth Jean Arthur 
and John Wayne. The second, 
feature, "Adventures of A Rook- 
ie." with Wally Brown and Allen 

• Tarney. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 

Sat. and Sun.: "The Phantom of 
the Opera" with Nelson Eddy,, 

• Susan Foster and Claude Raines. 
Also playing is, "Here Comes 
Kelly" with Eddie Quillan and 
Joan Woodbury. 

WAVES Give 'Lowdown' 

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next bout, remember to return it 
in as good shape as it was. (No 
pun intended). They fully realized 
that the dance was so crowded that 
many just stood still and let every- 
one else wear their shoes out. Sev- 
eral felt that Arthur Murray and 
a few of the A|S's really should 
get together. 

Seriously however, the WAVES 
were very sincere in their thanks 




1. What plane, named aifter a 
species of river duck is used ex- 
tensively by the U. S. Coast 
Guard ? 

2. A certain Bri'tish plane is nick- 
named the "Flying Boxcar". Name 

3. What warplane is known also 
as the "Flying Pencil" ? 

4. The "F 5 F" was known as 
the ? 

5. How many parts are there 
in the Allison liquid cooled en- 

6. A German plane which has 
remote-controlled machine guns on 
the sides of it's fuselage is the 

7. Whait is the principle of the 
new anti-icing system worked out 
for planes by the Vultee Aircraft 

8. Name a plane which is 
equipped with parachute dive 
brakes. Hint: it was mentioned 

9. Pitot and static tubes axe the 
external parts of what airplane 
instrument ? 

Answers To Quiz 

1. The Grumman "Widgeon", a 

twin engined amphibian. 

2. Short Sterling, a four en- 
gined, heavy bomber. 

3. The Domier 217, a German, 
two engine bomber, reconnais- 
sance and night fighter plane. 

4. Skyrocket. It was built for, 
but not adopted by the Navy. It 
was one of the experimental jobs 
behind the new Hellcat. 

5. 720. 

6. Messerschmitt ME-210. 

7. Exhaust gases are circulated 
through the wings at controlled 
temperatures of 60 degrees to heat 

8. The Donier 217E. The dive 
brakes are located on the tip of 
the tail. They extend in four direc- 
tions much like an umbrella. 

9. The rate-of-climb indicator. 

for the good time and laughs they 
had. As they say: "We are now 
able to point at a passing plane 
and exclaim — There goes a B-24, 
Consolidated Liberator!" 


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Last week-end's Bowl games 
proved to this writer that he should 
go into perpetual hibernation as 
far as picking grid winners is con- 

In the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, 
California, the highly underrated 
Trojans of Southern California ran 
and passed to a landslide upset of 
the Washington Huskies, 29 to 0. 

In the East-West game in San 
Francisco the stars of east and 
west of the Mississippi clashed in 
a Shriners benefit game. The 
Westerners outplayed the Eastern 
representatives but didn't quite 
have that extra punch. The result 
of the game was a 13 to 13 tie. 

In the Oil Bowl in Houston, Tex- 
as, Southwestern Louisiana Insti- 
tute clicked through the air and on 
the ground in the mud and rain 
to swamp the 'Aggies of Arkansas 
A & M 1.0 the tune of 24 to 7. 

In the Orange Bowl at Miami, 
Florida, the Bayou Tigers of Loui- 
siana State University, ran over 
■the strong Aggies of Texas A & M, 
19 to 14 with Steven Van Buren 
starring. The Aggies were missing 
their yearling star, Marian Flan- 
nagan, but put up a stiff fight. 
However the Tigers still held the 
upperhand all during the game. 

At Dallas, Texas, in the Cotton 
Bowl, the Flyers of Randolph Field 
and the University of Texas Long- 
horns battled to a muddy. 7 to 7 
tie. The great Glenn Dobbs, tho 
Flyers brilliant back, was the out- 

standing performer on the gridiron 
despite the inclement weather. 

At New Orleans in the Sugar 
Bowl, Georgia Tech's Ramblin' 
Wrecks put on a last half spurt to 
defeat the Tulsa Oilers 20 to 18. 
Tulsa was rated a slight favorite 
but the Georgia team just didn't 
believe in the odds against them. 

In Oran, Algeria in the so-called 
Arab Bowl, the Army eleven in the 
last few minutes of play rallied to 
defeat the Navy 10 to 7. Also on 
the docket that day were two 
"hometown" teams, the Casablan- 
ca "Rab Chasers" and the Oran 
"Termites", with the Casablanca 
team barely edging out a 7 to 6 

My predictions of the New Years 
Bowl games came out negative, 
with this writer maintaining a 
perfect .000 average. But this col- 
umn is soon changing hands and 
the new editor promises to try and 
build up what this writer has brok- 
en down. 

Movies Pay Million 
For 'Winged Victory' 

New York (CNS) — "Winged 
Victory" the Army Air Forces 
show, has been sold to 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox for $1,000,00 — highest 
price ever paid for screen I'ights 
to a Broadway show. Moss Hart, 
author and direOtor of the show, 
will leave soon for Hollywood 
where he will supervise produc- 
tion of the movie. 



Answers on pa^e 4 

This week's pei-sonalities are 
members of Squadi-on A, and have 
seen service in the Pacific Theatre 
of Operation. 

The first is a great hulk of a 
man, A|S Franklin McChesney, 
who serves as a flight lieutenant 
and answers to the name of "Mac". 
He has lived the greater part of 
his life in a place called "Joisey". 

While in high school he was an 
outstanding letterman in basket- 
ball, baseball and football. 

Before entering the Army he was 
an ardent golfer. His semi-profes- 
sional abilities at that sport are 
well knowTi in and around "Joi- 

His first station was at Chanute 
Field, 111., where he served as an 
aircraft welder. 

From Chanute Field, "Mac" un- 
derwent overseas training at 
Kearns, Utah, and from there took 
the old "banana boat" to the island 
of Oahu, in the Hawaiian Island 
group. Here he was a member of 
the 7th Air Force, and indirectly 
attached to the Navy as a hand 
aboard an Army crash boat. Crash 
boats are fast, lightweight, boats 
which were called out to sea to res- 
cue pilots whose planes had 
crashed at sea. 

He tells how indebted most of 
the pilots felt after being rescued, 
and how, after they had recovered 
from the ordeal, they invariably 
tried to repay their rescuers in one 
way or another. 

His thrill of a lifetime came, not 
when aboard a crash boat, but 
when returning to the States after 
over a year on the islands. The 
tramp steamer he was aboard was 
alerted three times in one night by 
submarine warnings. Although they 
never saw the sub, the psychologi- 
cal effect, he claims, could not have 
been much more trying had the 
sub actually caused some damage. 

"Mac" liked Hawaii for other 
reasons than the attractive women 
and a coconut drink known as 
"Swipes". The climate is very pleas- 
ant, and although it rains quite a 
bit, he claims the weather was al- 
most ideal. 

In his entire army career, which 
is slightly under two years, "Mac" 
says he never had a "better set up" 
at any station than his present one 
at the 58th. He is looking forward 
to the day he earns his wings and 

he can be one of the men in the air 
whose actions he observed and 
longed to duplicate while in 

Our other personality has dated 
jungle princesses, taken part in sa- 
cred festivals, and speaks "Bula", 
a native language of the South Sea 

He is A[S James Robert Price, 
a former supply sergeant in the 
Fiji Islands. "Sam" has been in the 
Army 23 months and before de- 
parting for the islands he under- 
went training as a combat engineer 
at Camp Leonard Wood, Mo. He al- 
so trained as an aviation engineer 
for several months at Tucson, Ari- 

His trip to the Fiji Islands was 
made by the way of New Zealand, 
which, according to "Sam", is the 
home of a very cordial people. 

His first duties upon arriving in 
the Fiji Islands were to assist in 
construction of airplane runways 
and other similar construction to 
be of use to our planes as bases of 

He laid heavy stress on the 
friendliness of the natives with 
whom he associalted. Theyareavery 
happy people, always dancing and 
singing and holding some kind of 
a special festival or "Tra-Ia-las", 
as- they are called, to which the 
chief would invite the soldiers. 

The natives homes are quite 
primitive as are their methods of 
cooking and living in general. 
To refuse to eat th$ir food when it 
was offered insulted them; but a 
box of Army rations was a sure 
way of mending most any insult. 
While there, Jim became so well 
acquainted with their language 
that he was able to carry on con- 
versations with the narives- quite 

After being accepted for cadet 
training Jim was flown back to the 
States and home after -eighteen 
months overseas. Jim's home- is in 
Belle Plains, Iowa but he was edu- 
cated at Mason City in the local 
schools. He has three years to his 
credit as a railroad brakeman and 
v,rill probably return to something 
in that line after the war. ^ His 
father is a. train conductor and Jim 
claims it sort of gets in your blood-. 
Should you hear a mild-mannered, 
sandy haired fellow using the ex- 
pression "hit a lick", introduce 
yourself and maybe youll walk 
away talking "Bula" like a native. 





I By Mortimer 1 

A doleful tale concerns Mrs. Jones who went down to Mi- 
ami to see her husband, a prospective Aviation Cadet taking 
his basic. Unfortunately, Mrs. Jones liked the seafood so 
much that she literally ate herself to death. At the funeral 
back in New York, two old friends paused for a final look at 
the corpse. "Doesn't she look wonderful!" exclaimed one of 

"Why shouldn't she?" said the other. "Didn't she just come 
back from Miami Beach?" 

Another one concerns the soldier who arrived at Miami 
Beach and beseeched the hotel sergeant "for a room facing 
the ocean." When he got to his room he found it was in 
i^rect rear of the hotel. He descended to the desk in a 
rage. "I neglected to inform you," he remarked coldly, to the 
sergeant, "that I meant the Atlantic Ocean, not the Pacific !" 

Pilot, just after a tailspin — "I'll bet 50 per cent of the peo- 
ple down there thought we were going to be killed that time." 

Student Pilot — "Yes Sir ! And 50 per cent of the people up 
here thought so too." 

Rhyme-Time . . A cartoonist's model 

Is Caroline Pipps, 
She helps him with all 
His cartoons and strips. 

Campus Viginette : . . this dim-eyed writer retreated from 
Draper's for one evening and attended definitely "the affair" 
New Year's Eve, at the Drill Hall. The "jive" was solid, girls 
super-pretty, dashing aviation students, streamers, plenty of 
pundi, sandwiches, ice cream, everything to make it a right 
"hep" affair. The floor was rocking with young'uns and even 
old ones, "with one foot in the groove" . . Right hep . . yeah 
man . . yeah man . . boy . . boy!! 

Quoted: . . Kathy D. — "he could really dance, we'd polka 
around for awhile and then he'd finally kiss me" . . Henry 0. 
— "boy, was she thin, you could stamp eagles on her and sell 
her as a pencil" . . Roland — "she wanted to tell me the one 
about the rope, but I told her to skip it" . . Miller — "Super- 
woman ! ! She bragged all evening about being able to do fifty 
push ups. Boy ! if she could only grow a beard ! !" . . Chick — 
"you should meet her, she's got the nicest bottle of Scotch 
I've ever tasted" . . . Non-Com — "everybody locked their 
idoors, it's the first time Pve ever made a bedcheck through a 
key hole" . . . 



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Answers to Identification Quiz 

NOT AT NO. 1!— It's the U. S. 
C-69 "Constellation," a long-range 
transport plane, powered by four 
radial emgines. Its fuselage is long 
and rounded. The low set wings are 
swept back on the leading edge and 
swept forward slightly on the trail- 
ing edge to pointed tips. The lead- 
ing edge of the tailplane is swept 
back and the trailing edge tapers 
'slightly to rounded tips. It has 
triple fins and rudders. Let it pasls. 

FIRE AT NO 2!— It's the Junkers 
Ju.90, a low-wing transport plane 
powered by four engines. This is 
one of the largest German land 
planes. Its fuiselage is deep and 
slab-sided. The leading edgeis of 
the wings are swept back strongly 
to broad tips. Both edges of the 
tailplane are tapered slightly and 
it has twin fins and rudders. A 
bomber model, Ju. 89, is identical 
in ishape with this plane. Get 'em. 

Squadron D 

Our men have organized at least 
two strong factions; namely, A|S 
Gloskey's "Bund" and the "Up de 
Valera" mob of A|S's Fallon and 
McCormack origin. To date the two 
have not clashed but we're looking 
forward to it soon, because in 
Squadron D anything can happen, 
and usually does. 

For instance, we were a bit sur- 
prised (or were we?) to see A|S 
Mosley smoking a cigarette while 
taking a shower, and AjS Bond 
blandly puffing on a foul cigar 
while shaving. A "Section 8" has 
been unofficially recommended. 

Several of our big-time, lovers 
(sometimes called "wolves") ran 
into a bevy of beauties on the New 
York train Christmas weekend; 
namely, a troupe of girls from 
Earl Carroll's "Vanities". They 
spent the day entertaining and be- 
ing entertained by the girls, and 
in a train crowded with soldiers,- 
Squadron D men monopolized the 
entire troupe, per usual. 

Al'S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

A|S Burgess and Miss "Marty" 
Kuenle of Dayton, Ohio will tie the 
knot, 8 January, at St. Brigid's 

A|S Poirior was best man for his 
brother's wedding last Sunday. 

A|S "Tennessee" Raines was so 
enarmoured by a cute clerk in 
Northampton that he spent three 
hours trying to buy four bars of 
soap — Flowers of Love ($1.50). 

Why is A|S Ralph E. Smith hav- 
ing sailor trouble ? ? 

AIS "Turkey" Thompson's face 
is the only innocent thing about 

A|iS Naab has been rather happy 
these past few weeks. We think 
A|S Phillip's sister is pretty nice 
too, George. 

A|S W. N. Partridge 

Squadron B 

A|S Don Meska has been recent- 
ly seen with a dreamy look in his 
eye and a faster pulse after mak- 
ing a Christmas trip to a certain 
town near Boston. It couldn't be a 
certain oo-ed here at dear old Mass. 
State could it, "Don"? 

The men in room 201 of Lewis 
Hall were quite surprised two 
weeks ago in that they had to 
battle their way through the dust 

in their room — they claim leaving 
some windows open during the 
dust storm gave their room the 
Sahara appearance. The fresh air 
fiends will never learn. 

We haven't been able to con- 
ceive just what attracts A|S Clin- 
ton Ralston in C.Q. duty — It 
couldn't be the P.B.X. operator 
could it, Clint ? ? 

A|S (Gremlin) Peltzer has de- 
veloped several new angles on the 
instrument known as a slip-stick — 
It's rumored around that his sec- 
tion is going to nick-name the rule 
"The Peltzer rule". 

A|S Carl J. Nicolosi 
A|S William Morris 

Squadron A 

It seems that Squadron A has 
taken to the ice like natural polar 
bears. The northeners in our 
squadron were a little more at 
home on the ice at first, but the 
southern boys, not to be outdone, 
calmly set about learning how to 
skate — ^now look at them! . . . 
(just look). Among those from "A" 
who learned the "gentle" art of 
skating since their arrival at the 
58th are A|S Nichols, A|S Church, 
A|S Cunningham, A|S Watkins, 
and many others . . By the 
way, before leaving the pond we 
saw A|S Lutz, our squadron mail 
orderly, conversing with a local 
academy's prettiest cheerleader. 
— A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 

Squadron E 

A|'S Wagner now calls his wife 
"sugar". (Rationing, you know). 

It's rumored that the occupants 
of room 204 are training for the 
camouflage corps. 

Congratulations and best wishes 
to A|'S Thomas and AjS Holzapfel, 
the iirst proud fathers in Squadron 

Anyone wishing information or 
rumors, contact any memlber of 
room 214!!!! 

The squadron certainly made up 
for their two week quarantine 
period by celebrating over New 
Year's. Yes! Didn't you A|S Stanig 
and A|S Stein???? 

You have a very charming wife 
A|S Stiskin, but don't keep her all 
to yourself, how about a "knock 

What A|S heard sugar was good 
for curing ills ? ? H* must be con- 
fused with sugar cured hams!!! 
AIS Hank Ross 








Vol. r No. 44 


Subscription Free 

Church Services 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 

Confessions Saturday from 1600 
to 1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0830, 1000, 
and 1100. A|S are requested to 
attend the 0830 Mass if possible. 

Hebrew Services: 
Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday, Rabbi A. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 

Located at 119 North Pleasant 
St. Services Sunday at 1130; 
Rev. Luening. 

Pirst Congregational Church: 
Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Rev. William Spurrier, Associate 

Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services Sunday at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Avenue, east 
side of the Greens. Rev. Jesse 
Trotter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

First Baptist Church: 
Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the west 
side of the Commons on South 
Pleasant Street. 
Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030, Sunday. Rev. Har- 
old Cramer, Pastor. 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

The USO will be open from 0900 
to 2330 Saturday and Sunday 
from 0900 to 0200. During the 
week, open hours are during your 
re.ease from quarters. You may 
cheek packages there at any time 
Any Hostess on duty will mail 
parcels if you leave the reci- 
pient's address and the contents 
of the package. This service is 
free to all A|S's. Dancing Sunday 
afternoon from 1400 to 1700 with 
On the Campus: 
Bowling alleys and pool tables 
are provided for your use during 
open post hours at Memorial 
Hall. The alleys are free but you 
Continued on Page 2 

Lt. Kelly Departs 
For Randolph Field 

L^ Edmund J. 'Kelly, Intelli- 
gence and Tactical Officer, and 
advisor to the "Take Off", left the 
58th last night for Randolph Field, 
Texas, where he will attend the 
AAF Flying Training Command 
Central Instructors School. 

Lt. Kelly, who will pursue the 
Commandants of Cadets and Tac- 
tical Officers course at the school, 
has been with the 58th C.T.D. since 
early Ikst March, shortly after the 
activation of the detachment, and 
in his capacity as Public Relations 
officer, has acted as advisor to the 
"Take Off" for the past six months. 

Upon completion of his course of 
study at C.I.S., Lt. Kelly expects 
to return to duty with the 58th 
about the middle of February. 

WAVES To Stage 
Singing Program 

This Sunday, 16 January, the 
WAVES of Northampton have 
planned to put on a show at the 
Jones Library which will feature 
the speaking and singing of talent- 
ed memibers of their organization. 

Testimonials as to the quality of 
the performances may be had from 
the A]S's who were among those 
fortunate enough to be present 
Christmas Eve at Stockbridge Hall 
when a similar program was pre- 
sented for the edification of the 

The program commences at 1700, 
and all Aviation Students are in- 
vited to attend. 

Announcement Made Of New 
Officers Appointments 

AIS Jamie Perkins 


^Sky-Anchors Aweigh' 
For Squadron D 

Again the time has come for 
"farewells" to another squadron. 
Similar to other outfits who have 
left here, we of Sqdn. D. are anx- 
ious to speed the day when we 
will be awarded our silver wings. 
It is jvith this thought in mind that 
we leave dear old Mass. State — 
our home during the months in 
which we have seen the campus 
change from it's , summer coat of 
green to the white one of winter. 

We shall always remember this 
pleasant college as the place where 
we started out on the long trail 
toward our goal. What else is 
there to say but "Farewell, till we 
meet again." 

Maj. At 22 Holds 
D.F.C., 27 Clusters 

"It's a young man's war" in the 
opinion of Maj. Carl W. Payne, 
who at 22 is a veteran of 227 com- 
bat missions in Europe and Africa. 

Maj. Payne, who enlisted in 1941 
as an aviation cadet, was commis- 
sioned in January 1942. He has 
since received the Distinguished 
Flying Cross and the Air Medal 
with 27 Oak Leaf Clusters. (CNS) 

Sgt. Feldman Takes Wife 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris S. Stern of 
286 E.2nd Street, New York City, 
announced the marriage of their 
daughter Claire to Sergeant Paul 
Feldman of the 58th C.T.D. The 
ceremony was held at Menorah 
Temple in Brooklyn Saturday, 8 
January. The bride and groom will 
make their home in Amherst. 
. Sgt. Feldman is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Benjamin Feldman of 
284 E 2nd Street, New York. City. 
He has been stationed at the 58th 
C.T.D. since 15 March, 1943. Prior 
to this time he was stationed at 
Gunter Field, Alahama. At the 
58 th, Sgt. Feldman is in charge of 
pay rolls, dependency and bond al- 
lotments and government insur- 

The 58th C.T.D. extends congrat- 
ulations to Sgt. and Mrs. Feldman 
and wish them many years of hap- 

Replaces AIS A. Turner 

Once more the time has rolled 
around for the appointment of new 
group officers at the 58th C.T.D. 

We of this detachment wish to 
congratulate the old officers on 
the splendid job they have done and 
also to wish them the best of luck 
in the completion of their work 
here as well as in the months to 

The aviation students who will 
take over the reins as group offi- 
cers are as follows: 

Group Commander — Jamie Per- 

Group Adjutant — ^Richard K. 

Group Supply Officer — James 

Group Sergeant-Major — Sebas- 
tian Oliver 

The appointment of these men to 
new positions required the appoint- 
ment of several aviation students 
to new squadron offices in Squad- 
ron B. They are as follows: 

Squadron Commander — Lay- 
mond Petty 

Second-in-Command — ^Leland Ri- 

Flight Lieutenants — Roland Mit- 
chell, Alfred Quesnel, Carl Riggs 

First Sergeant — James Purdy 

Supply Sergeant — Henry May- 

The Color Guard is to be made 
up of the followirig aviation stu- 
dents : 

Color Sergeants — Kirby Quinn, 
Frank Pitrone. 

Color Corporals — Gus Opfer, 
William Niven. 

New Flag Pole Stands 
Over Dormitory Hill 

A 50 foot pine log, lying on the 

side of the road in back of Lewis 

and Thatcher aroused the wonder 

Continued on Page 3 

"TAKE OFF' 15 JANUARY, 1944 


A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th Colleee Trainincr Detachment 

MaBSachusettfi State College, Amherst, Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relationa Officer 



Assistant Editor 
Features Editor 
"Good Moaning" 
Weekend Activities 

News Editors 





This is not a publication of the War Department and the views herein should not 
be construed as those otf the War Department. 

"Take OIT" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication of credited 
natter prohibited without permission of CNS War Department, 20S B. 42d St., N. Y. C. 

^ Old Glory Flies Over Butaritari 

The Stars and Stripes flies over 
a beach at Butaritari just one hour 
after troops of 165th Infantry land- 
ed on Makin Island. The 165th 
formerly was the "Fightin' 69th" 

of New York. The flag raising'cere- 
mony was executed so quickly that 
time wasn't even taken to plant a 
flagpole. A war torn palm was 
drafted to do the honors instead. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from page 1 
provide your own pin setter. 
There are 25 pairs of ice-skates 
at the CQ's desk which may be 
signed for and used during your 
spare time and week-ends. 
Skates must be returned the 
same day they are borrowed. 

Red Cross Services: 
Mending for the aviation stu- 
dents Saturday from 1300 to 
1730 in the Red Cross rooms 
over the Amherst Bank. Mending 
also ai Stockbridge Hall Wednes- 
day from 1900 to 1940. Clothes 
may be picked up the following 
night at the same time. 

Amherst Theatre: 
Saturday: "Fallen Sparrow" with 
John Garfield and Maureen O'- 

Sunday: "The Lady Takes A 
Chance" wi;h Jean Arthur and 
John Wayne. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 
Saturday: "Northern Pursuit" 
with Julia Bishop and Errol 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 
Saturday: "Crazy House" Olson 
and Johnson, 

Sunday: "The Mystery of The 
13th Guest" with all star cast. 

Carnegie Hall, Northampton: 
The regular Saturday dance will 
be scheduled from 2000 until 2300. 
Ray Black and his orchestra vnW 
furnish the sweet danceable mu- 
sic. The admission is 39 cents. 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

Open house hours are: on Satur- 
day from 1400 to 2000, and on 
Sunday from 1400 to end of open 
post period. Dancing Saturday 
nights with recordings until 2300. 
Refreshments will be served dur- 
ing intermission. Sunday after- 
noon from 1600 to 1730, a music 
recital will be featured. All A|S's 
are invited to attend and join in 
the fun. 


Washington (CNS) — Body ar- 
mor — not unlike that worn by the 
knights of King Arthur's Court — 
is saving lives today just as it did 
when Launcelot rode. 

American fliers are wearing a 
sleeveless canvas jacket with slits 
into which 120 pounds of steel 
plates ai-e slipped to sheath the 
wearer from neck to thighs. It is 
suspended from the shoulders, 
laced together along the sides and 
may be removed in a minute by 
pulling a release cord. 




1. In what year was the aviation 
arm of the U.S. Marine Corps or- 
ganized ? 

2. What plane is known as the 

3. At a speed of 400 miles per 
hour the thrust from the exhauSt 
of a plane may be what fraction of 
that from the propeller? 

4. The five classifications of pro- 
pellers are 

5. Is the following a true state- 
ment ? A prony_ brake is used to 
slow down or stop a horse drawn 
bomb cart. 

6. Explain the difference be- 
tween absolute ceiling and service 

7. Name a German plane that 
has two tractor and two pusher en- 

8. Whai fighter plane packs the 
heaviest punch of concentrated fire 
power ? 


1. 1912. 

2. It is a British fighter-bomber 
made by Blackburn. It features a 
ball-turret on top of the fuselage 
at the rear of the pilot's position. 

3. 1|16 — which explains why the 
exhaust is aimed towards the rear. 

4. Fixed pitch, adjustable pi^ch, 
controllable pitch, constant speed 
and feathering. 

5. Corny, wasn't it! A prony 
brake is a mechanical device used 
to measure the brake horsepower 
or horsepower available to actual- 
ly turn the propeller of a plane. 

6. Absolute ceiling is the high- 
est altitude to which a plane can 
climb. The altitude at which a 
plane has a rate of climb of only 
100 feet per minute is called the 
service ceiling. 

7. Dornier D026K, a flying boat 
manned by a crew of six. The push- 
er engines are directly in line with 
the tractor engines. 

8. The P-47 Thunderbolt, armed 
with 8 50 caliber machine guns. It 
delivers "lead" at the rate of 112 
shots per second. This rate of fire 
exceeds that of its nearest competi- 
tor in this respect, the ME 109 G 
by 53 shots per second or 7 pounds 
of lead per minute. 

"TAKE OFF' 15 JANUARY, 1944 


II iiK I II lilt till II I II I mill IK 



The fiery lip of Leo Durocher 
predicted that his Dodgers will fin- 
ish no less than third in the Na- 
tional League pennant race this 
coming season. Although the 
"Brooks" have lost such men as 
Peewee Reese, (the sensational 
rookie of last season), young Rex 
Barney, and Kirby Higbe, Leo 
promise's tha;t the Dodgers will be 
right up in the fight. "Lip" figures 
it will be a three team race, name- 
ly, the "Gas Housers" of St. Louis, 
the Chicago Cubs, and the Dodgers. 
As a foundation for the 1944 edi- 
tion of "Dem Bums", Gilly English, 
Arky Vaughn, and the old reli- 
aJble Billy Herman will make a nice 
nucleus for the infield and strong 
armed Whit Wyatt will head the 
pitching staff. Well, Mr. Durocher, 
you've got a good start but — ^we 
shall see what we shall see. 

A unanimous vote of thanks to 
Professor Hicks of the Physical Ed- 
ucation department for acquiring 
the tractor to clean off our snow 
blanketed pond. Come on you 58th 
C.T.iD. "Sonja Heinies", show your 

Well, this is yours truly's first 
crack as the "Take-Off" sports ed- 
itor, correspondent, writer or what 
have you. I hope I will be able to 
keep up with the swell job my 
predecessor has done. I was lucky 
enough to take over this job after 
the football season and won't have 
to account for any upsets. "MY 


New Flag Pole 

CoiUiuiud from Psgt 1 

several weeks ago of the A|S's 
living there. 

Speculation ran rampant as to 
the use to which said log was going 
to be put. A|S Edward Fetherolf 
(Sqdn. D) whose learning has of- 
ten before impressed his fellows, 
had two suggestions. He said it 
was either: 

(1) Going to be used in conjunc- 
tion with a history instruction as a 
demonstration of the ancient bat- 
tering ram or 

(2) Somebody's future private 
telephone pole. 

At this juncture A|S William B. 
(P.S.) O'Brien came up and settled 
che entire discussion with the ob- 
servation that it obviously was 
there as a rest station for local 

However the men of the 58th 
were not universally wrong in their 
predictions. Many expected that the 
log would become a flag pole. It 
did. It now stands on Dormitory 
Hill, serenely overlooking the cam- 
pus. The rough log that was is 
now a proud, smooth flag pole be- 
fore which impressive retreat cere- 
monies are held by the massed 
Squadrons of the 58th Detachment 
every evening. 

Answers on page 4 


It was quite by accident that 
this weeks personality was uncov- 
ered. While walking through Lewis 
Hall this writer decided to inter- 
rupt a fellow busily engaged in 
writing a letter. He was William 
G. Ligon, a member of Squadron E. 
His home is in Amelia, Virginia, 
but he usually says it's Richmond 
due to Amelia's lack of national 

While in high school, he made it 
a point not to allow studies to in- 
terfere with his education on the 
baseball team. 

His first experience in the busi-' 
ness world was as a clerk in a Fed- 
eral Reserve Bank. After leaving 
the bank, he served as chief pay- 
roll clei'k for a construction com- 
pany. This job was followed by an 
association with the Standard Oil 

All the while "Bill" was working 
for these various concerns he was 
pursuing an education by attending 
night school. 

His next employer was the Fed- 
eral Bureau of Investigation where 
he served in the Identification Di- 
vision. This department handles 
the classification, searching of files, 
and identification of the millions 
of fingerprints held by the govern- 
ment. At the present time the gov- 
ernment has approximately one 
third of the nation's civilian popu- 
lation's fingerprints on file. His 
three years association with finger- 
prints has given him an under- 
standing of the intricate system of 
classification which has, been de- 
veloped after years of study on this 

While associated with the Bu- 
reau, he attended Benjamin Frank- 
lin University and majored in ac- 
counting in preparation for the 
time when he would be eligible to 
fill the position of investigator. 
The life of an investigator is, as a 
rule, a series of moves, on the av- 
erage of one every six months. 

A large percentage of the men 
are married and have their wives 
travel to each new position with 
them. Their salaries i-ange from 
$3000 to $10,000 per year, depend- 
ing upon the experience required 
and duties performed. While under- 
going training, an investigator is 
schooled from early morning until 
late at night, seven days a week 

for three strenuous months. 

Bill is still on the rolls of the 
F.B.I., and plans to return and 
undergo training toward becoming 
an investigator. 

At the present time he is serving 
as a sergeant in Squadron E's or- 

His primary interest is in com- 
pleting the necessary training so 
that he will be thoroughly capable 
of dropping bombs on some enemy 

If you should be interested in 
knowing something more about the 
F.B.I, and at the same time receive 
a lesson in fingerprint classifica- 
tion. Bill is quite capable of an 
intelligent discussion of both. 

One of the more quiet fellows 
to be found in Squadron C, is John 
W. London. He is an old army man 
with seven years service behind 
him in almost as many branches of 
the army. 

His home is in Georgetown, Ohio, 
and it was there, on 'he local 
sandlots he had his first experience 
with baseball. After an outstanding 
record in four years of high school, 
competition in both baseball and 
basketball he was selected by the 
St. Louis Cardinals to attend their 
baseball school in Columbus, Ohio. 
Here he received further training 
toward developing his skill to that 
of "big time" competition. After a 
period of semi-professional ball, the 
National Guard unit of which he 
was a member was mobilized for 
strike duty. Immediately following 
the strike duty the rampaging wa- 
ters of the Ohio River made nec- 
essary the use of his unit on flood 

In 1940 the National Guard and 
Army held joint maneuvers in Wis- 
consin which culminated in the 
mobilizing of the National Guard 
for active duty in the regular army. 

John's first station was at Camp 
Shelby, Mississippi as an Infantry- 
Battalion dispatcher for a trans- 
portation unit. From here he was 
attached to the 923rd Guard Squad- 
ron at Patterson Field in connec- 
tion with air craft protection. 

While at Patterson Field he also 
served in the Headquarters and 
Headquarters Squadron of the Air 
Service Command in connection 
with traffic control. 

John is inclined to be somewhat 
conservative in his actions but has 
a certain manner which makes 
knowing him a pleasure. 

"TAKE OFF' 15 JANUARY, 1944 


II III III I MtlllllKlllllllltlllllllllllll ••■>••••■ 


i By Mortimer I 




THIS ... 


. . .A big tough guy was slapping a little kid, and right 
in front of a funeral parlor. A cop came along and yelled, 
"Hey you ! Wotsa big idea, a big man like you beating that 
there little boy? ! ! ! "Listen officer," says the big guy, "I 
can't stand it any more! I'm the undertaker here in this 
funeral parlor, and everyday this kid comes in and says: 
"Hey mister, got any empty boxes today ? . . ." 

. . . Her clothes were so designed that she was always 
seen in the best places ... I suppose you heard about the 
three little pigs that left home. Their old man was an awful 
boar — 

. . . "How did you find the ladies at the party last night?" 
. . . "Just opened the door marked "ladies" and there they 
were !" 

The weeks are passing 
I should be glad 
The weeks are passing 
But I am sad 
The weeks are passing 
Sad my lot 

The weeks are passing 
But I am not 
. . . "Well I think I'll put the motion before the house," 
said the blonde as she danced out onto the stage . . , The 
man who' said his cigars were the best thing out may have 
spoken the truth . . . And a Chinese landing is one with ONE 
WING LOW . . . 

. . . "Darling, darling,!" cried the young salesman as he 
burst into his home one evening. "Guess what, I just got 
a commission in the Air Force !" 

. ■ . . "A commission again," wailed his doll-faced bride. 
"Why can't you get a regular salary just once in your life?" 



FIRE AT NjO. 1 ! It's the Japanese 
Navy seaplane Kawanishi 95, 
which operates from warships. This 
biplane has wings of unequal 
span. The top wing is swept back 
on the leading edge and the lower 
wing is rectangular. It has a large 
single float directly under the fuse- 
lage and two small wing floats. The 
elliptical tailplane has a single fin 
and rur.der. Get 'im — ^quick! 

Answers To Quiz 

NOT AT NO. 2! It's the Taylor- 
craft L-2B, a high-wing, single-en- 
gine plane, used by the U. S. Army 
as a liaison ship. The wings, rect- 
angular with rounded tips, are 
braced with V struts to the bottom 
of the cigar shaped fuselage. Its 
landing gear is fixed. Both edges 
of the tailplane taper to rounded 
tips and it has a single fin and 
rudder. It's a tame grasshopper. 

Sauadron D 

Last week many Squadron D 
men spent a few hours perfecting 
the round track of our aerial rect- 
angular course. Mr. Alburger 
would have been proud of us — es- 
pecially of the "next man to the 
rear" ! 

The "tourists" had a very inter- 
esting and pleasant campus party 
in Memorial ■ Hall, thanks to our 
officers and some of the coeds. 
A|S's Minnix, Bender, McAnulty, 
Corey, Flatley, McCoombs and oth- 
ers had a gay time eating, dancing, 
and enjoying themselves in gen- 

Some all-to-'eager-'beaver per- 
mitted us to have a gas mask drill 
this week, much to everyone's un- 
bounded joy. Combining A|S John- 
son's expert instruction and indi- 
vidual practice, we now have at- 
tained a fairly high degree of gas 
drill proficiency. 

A|'S Lex Boyd 

Squadron C 

A|S BuTgess and his wife wish to 
extend their thanks and apprecia- 
tion to Captain Congleton, Sgt. 
Brown, and the members of Squad- 
ron C who' attended their wedding 
last Saturday. 

We understand that A|S's Zinkl, 
Raines, and Wieclaw were roller 
skating with Virginia Dare!! 

Was it the moon or the girl that 
prompted A|S Joe Miles to say, "I 
could love a cow tonite!"? 

A|S Lane tried to ice skate vnth 
his nose and wound up in the in- 

A|S Graham practically lives in 
telephone booths, it is rumored. 

A|S Meyerson told A|S Parker 
he would cut his hair for him. Af- 
terwards, A|S "Flat-top" Parker 
trimmed A|S Meyerson's hair — 
(while AjS Meyerson slept.) 

A|S W. N. Partridge. 

Sauadron B 

The WAVES again thank A|S 
"Stew" Petrie for the article writ- 
ten on their impressions after the 
New Year's Eve Dance at Drill 

A|S Steve Remington innocently 
asked Prof. Alderman, "Do you 
know anything about electronics?" 
Come, come, Steve. 

One member of our squadron is 
now flying with Squadron D, being 
very nearly the maximum age lim- 
it for Cadets. He is none other 
than AIS "Gremlin" Peltzer. We 

hate to lose this serious minded, 
studious character but wish him 
the best of luck. 

A|S John Meranda claims that 
the robins in Cincinatti, Ohio can 
sing the "Star Spangled Banner". 
Are you kidin' ? (It's such a tough 
city even the canaries sing bass). 

A|S Anthony Pagano sure has his 

troubles. Seems as though every" 

leap-year it's the same old thing — 

A|S William M. Morris 

A(S Carl J. Nicolosi 

Squadron A 

Squadron A wishes to take this 
opportunity to thank Mr. Hamilton, 
familiar to most of us as our C.A. 
R. instructor, for his excellent job 
in scraping the ice before the re- 
■cent storm. 

Overheard at the last dance on 
the campus: A|S Edward Ash- 
worth: I'm sorry I can't take you 
out tomorrow night — I'm C. Q. 

Some sixty-four dollar questions: 
Why does A|S Kerdiejus always 
return on Saturday nights with a 
big smile on his face ? . . What 
happened to the stomach of A|S F. 
Clark last Saturday? . . Will 
Bobbie get Pete? 

Perhaps the most familiar phrase 
on Thatcher's third floor in the 
morning is, "Gillenberger, get up!" 
The man that shouts it the most is 
A|S Eberhart. 

A|S Benjamin Ostrofsky 

Squadron E 

A|S Bradley's idea of blowing 
"Tatoo" or "Taps" on his bugle 
was not appreciated very much — 
now that he has shrunken about 
six inches from the cold showers 
given him before retiring. He has 
learned not to do this with Squad- 
ron E men around. 

58th C.T.D. winter I. D. R. ca- 
dence — Slush, 2, Slide, 4. . . . 

What two A|S's arguing on phy- 
sics remarked; 1st — -"What hap- 
pens when a body is immersed in 
water ? " 2nd — "The 'telephone 

Evei-yone likes sleep and plenty 
of it— even C. Q. (Unquote A|S 

A|'S Morelli eats his "Wheaties" 
to help him pump up the hills on 
the campus. Some hills, aren't 
they?? (Watch him puff and 

Close order drill in southern 
drawl! Flight 3 A|S Kincade, Com- 

A|S Henry Ross 




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Church Services 

First Congregational Church: 

Located at 165 Main Street. Ser- 
vices on Sunday begin at 1045. 
Rev. Roy Pearson, Pastor and 
Rev. William Spurrier, Associate 

Grace Episcopal Church: 

Services Sunday at 0800 and 
1100 on Boltwood Avenue, east 
side of the Greens. Rev. Jesse 
Trotter, Rector and Rev. Charles 
Lawrence, Curate. 

First Baptist Church: 

Services begin Sunday at 1045 
with Rev. Millar Thornton, Pas- 
tor. Church is located on the west 
side of the Commons on South 
Pleasant Street. 

Wesley Methodist Church: 

Located at 596 Main Street. Ser- 
vices at 1030, Sunday. Rev. Har- 
old Cramer, Pastor. 

St. Brigid's Catholic Church: 
Confessions Saturday from 1600 
to 1800, and from 1930 to 2100. 
Sunday Masses at 0830, 1000, 
and 1100. A[S are requested to 
attend the 0830 Mass if possible. 

Hebrew Services: 
Services are held at 389 North 
Pleasant Street in the Hillel 
House at 1400 Sunday. Rabbi A. 

Unity Unitarian Church: 

Located at 119 North Pleasant 
St. Services Sunday at 1130; 
Rev. Luening. 

Weekend Activities 

Amherst U.S.O.: 

The USD will be open from 0900 
to 2330 Saturday and Sunday 
from 0900 to 0200. During the 
week, open hours are during your 
release from quarters. You may 
check packages there at any time. 
Any hostess on duty will mail 
parcels if you leave the reci- 
pient's address and the contents 
of the package. This service is 
free to all A'S's. Dancing Sunday 
afternoon from 1400 to 1700 with 
On the Campus: 
Bowling alleys and pool tables 
are provided for your use during 
open post hours at Memorial 
Hall. The alleys are free but you 
Continued on Page 2 

The Battle Of |Lt. Grossman Leaves For Brief 
The Underbrushi Maxwell Field Conference 

Truly, many of us have a very 
tough time existing under the 
strain we must endui-e here at the I 
58th. This "tough life" is tearing I 
us down. I 

On this campus exists a group | 
who must undergo even more hard- j 
ships that we — a group who must! 
stand looking at our worn and ! 
weary countenances as we thrice 
daily trek through the chow hall. 

Think of the horror of it fellows! 
Imprisoned behind a counter while 
each successive squadron goes ' 
through the chow line and demon- j 
strates it's greatest activity of the ^ 
day — (eating). j 

It has been called to the atten- 
tion of the writer that, "It is the ; 
unparalleled privilege of we eigh- ! 
teen M.S.C. coeds of Draper Hall 
to view the faces (smiling and oth- 
erwise) of hundi-eds of aviation 
students, three meals a day, seven 
days a week, and fifty-two weeks a 

As these girls pay us the compli- 
ment of having their hair fixed 
attractively, wearing lipstick, and 
always looking their best, (often 
afier sleepless nights and under 
trying conditions), it is only fair 
of us to reciprocate. 

No, the girls don't ask that you 
not wear your pajamas under your 
clothes, they don't ask that your 
hair be cut so that both ears show, 
they don't even' ask that overshoes 
be on the correct feet. All that is 
asked is that the aviation students 
stand just a little closer to the 
razor when "whacking down the 

The Draper Hall girls were pro- 
fuse in their explanation that no 
offense is meant by this suggestion 
but they add threateningly, that the 
Captain has better punishment in 
store for offenders than K.P. 

AjS's Wives Hold 
First Meeting 

The Aviation Students Wives' 
Club held its first meeting on Fri- 
day 21 January at 1930. 

Memorial Hall was the scene of 
the event at which the ladies spent 
a profitable evening becoming ac- 
quainted wth one another and dis- 
cussing the future activities of 
their organization. 

Further arrangements are being 
made to make the stay of the avia- 
tion students' wives more pleasant. 
Plans are being made between the 
military staff and the college au- 
thorities to allow the resident 
wives of aviation students to eat 
with their husbands at the eve- 
ning meal at Draper Hall. 

Everyone concerned with this 
club realizes its value and feels 
sure of its success. 

Impressions Of A 
Novice 'Hot Pilot' 

"What are the ten hours of flying 

The above question is probably 
the most commonly thought of 
question around the Mass. State 
campus. It's seldom asked though, 
perhaps because of the human dis- 
like of seeming to be "green" and 
because "Hot Pilots" are bustling 
individuals who seem to be rushed 
for time. 

In a short series of articles the 
writer, who is now a "Hot Pilot" 
himself, will try to give you an 
idea of the impressions that you 
are to receive at Mass. State. 

You eat early on the days you 
are to fly. You eat fast too, in or- 
der to get the better seats on the 
bus. The bus starts. The windows 
are iced up as a result of the fact 
Continued on Page 2 

Lt. Everett Grossman left Fri- 
day, 21 January, 1944 to attend a 
three day Conference of Property 
Officers of the College Training 
Detachments. The conference is to 
be held at Headquarters of 
AAFEFTC at Maxwell Field, Ala- 
bama. All Property Officers of the 
Eastern Flying Training, Command 
will attend. 

L:. Grossman, previous to being 
stationed at the 58th C.T.D., was 
assigned to the 334th C.T.D. at 
Davis and Elkins College at El- 
kins, West Virginia, and prior to 
that he was Jr. Physical Training 
Director at Nashville, Tenn. He 
was transferred to this detachment 
9 July, 1943. Lt. Grossman is Tac- 
tical Officer of Squadron C with 
addidonal duties of Supply and Act- 
ing Quartermaster and Transpor- 
ta;ion Officer. He will return to 
this station shortly after the con- 

323rd C.T.D. Officers 
Visit The 58th 

Captain L. B. Badger, Command- 
ing Officer of the 323rd College 
Training Detachment at Spring- 
field College, Springfield, Mass., 
paid a visit to the 58th C.T.D. 
Wednesday, 19th January. The cap- 
tain was accompanied by two mem- 
bers of his staff, 1st Lt. Eugene L. 
Duncan and 2nd Lt. Leonard 

Sq. B Hoopsters 

Defeat Sq. C 

It was a game packed with thrills 
and spills, we speak of the basket- 
ball game between Squadron C's 
"Rambling Quintet" and Squadron 
B's "Singing Basketeers". The 
name "Singing Basketeers" was 
suggested for our commanding 
officer. For verification of the 
thrills, we suggest you talk with 
the spectators of the game and if 
Continued on Page 2 

"TAKE OFF" 22 JANUARY, 1944 


A Weekly Publication for the Enlisted Men of The 58th Colleee Training Detachment 

Massachusetts State College, Amherst. Massachusetts 


LIEUTENANT EDMUND J. KELLY, Public Relations Officer 




Assistant Editor 
Features Editor 
"Good Moaning" 

Weekend Activities 

News Editors 




TttiB is not a publication of the War Department and the views herein should not 
be construed as those of the War Department. 

'Take Off" receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication of credited 
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Smith College 

Canteen Re-opens 

Members of the 58th C.T.D. will 
this weekend have the opportunity 
to pu; the Smith College Canteen 
on the top of their personal week- 
end activities list again. 

Those aviation students who have 
already had the pleasure of -visiting 
the canteen need nat be told of the 
fun and enjoyment to be had there 
— of the excellent dancing facili- 
ties, the special entertainment pro- 
gram put on between dance num- 
bers, the delicious" refreshments 
and everything that goes to make 
up a pleasant evening. 

Therefore, to those of this de- 
tachment who have not visited the 
can;een before, we highly recom- 
mend it, as will any aviation stu- 
dent who has visited there pre- 


Squadron B Hcopsters 

Continued from P»g* 1 

you want proof of the spills, A|S 
Purdy of Sqdn. B carries the evi- 
dence on his knees. (A|S Purdy re- 
marked, after attempting to keep 
up with his marching squadron the 
day after the game, that short legs 
and sore knees complicate matters. 
Credit is given to A|S Molloy of 
Sqdn. C for the particular spill 
that caused the damage.) Serious- 
ly though, it was a clean, hard 
fough game with Squadron B no- 
sing out Squadron C by a score of 
10 to 9. Says Squadron B, "The 
challenge to other squadrons re- 
mains in effect". 

"Hot Pilots" Impressions 

Continued from Page 1 

that it is cold outside and the "Hot" 
Pilots are inside. You take off your 
sheepskin lined jacket and your 
white silT^; scarf and throw them 
casually on the luggage rack, 
/ou take off two of the four pairs 
of woolen socks you're wearing. 
You come well prepared for an "ice 
box-room" (cold, because absent- 
minded A|S's leave the door open) 
where ground school is held. You 
sing for awhile and then fall a- 
sleep. A half-hour later someone 
pokes a stiff finger into your side 
and you tumble out of the bus and 
look dazedly at Barnes Airport. 
One thought keeps pounding 
through your head. "I'm a Hot 
Pi-ot and I'll prove it when I get 
up there today!" 

(to be continued) 

Section Leaders 

It is commonly realized that «v- 
ery one of us should have a little 
responsibility in preparation for 
the day when, as officers, we will 
bear many responsibilities on our 

Beginning Monday, 24 January, 
the section leaders will be rotated, 
each section leader serving for a 
one week period. 

The manner in which their sec- 
tion is marched between .classes 
and conducted in classes will be 
observed and the section leader 
will be marked by officers and the 
class instructors. 

Weekend Activities 

Continued from page 1 

provide your own pin setter. 
There are 25 pairs of ice-skates 
at the CQ's desk which may be 
signed for and used during your 
spare time and week-ends. 
Skates must be returned the 
same day they are borrowed. 

Red Cross Services: 

Mending at Stockbridge Hall 
Wednesday from 1900 to 1940. 
Clothes may be picked up the 
follo-wing night at the same time. 
Mending also on Saturday from 
1300 to- 1730 in the Red Cross 
rooms over the Amherst Bank. 

Carnegie Hall, Northampton: 

The regular Saturday dance will 
be scheduled from 2000 until 2300. 
Ray Black and his orchestra will 
furnish the sweet danceable mu- 
sic. The admission. is 39 cents. 

Northampton U.S.O.: 

Open house hours are: on Satur«- 
day from 1400 to 2000, and on 
Sunday from 1400 to end of open 
post period. Dancing Saturday 
nights with recordings until 2300. 
Refreshments will be served dur- 
ing intermission. Sunday after- 
noon from 1600 to 1730, a music 
recital will be featured. All AjS's 
are invited to attend and join in 
the fun. 

Amherst Theatre: 

Sat.: "The Gangs All Here," with 
Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda, 
Sun.: "Johnny Come Lately," 
with James Cagney. 

Calvin Theatre, Northampton: 

Sat.: "Fallen Sparrow," with 
John Garfield. The second fea- 
ture "Hoosier Holiday." 
Sun.: "Gildersleeve On Broad- 
way," and "Old Acquaintance," 
srarring Bette Davis. 

Academy of Music, Northampton: 

Sat.: "Is Everbody Happy," with 
that o-d favorite of ours, Ted 
Lewis, also "My Kingdom For A 
Cook," with Charles Coburn and 
Marjorie Chaplin. 
Sun.: "Here Comes Elmer," with 
Dale Evans and Frank Albertson. 
The second feature, "Passport To 
Suez," with the lone wolf, War- 
ren Williams. 
Smith College Canteen: 
The Smith College Canteen will 
re-open this Saturday and wel- 
comes all aviation students. The 
canteen is located right on the 
campus. An evening of enjoyable 
dancing and entertainment is as- 



rmi I" ■" III.!.." -■ 

1. There are four types of mono- 
planes. Name them! 

2. The term, "angle of attack" 
refers to 

3. Of wha: horsepower rating is" 
the engine in the Japanese Zero 

4. How many separate U.S. Air 
Forces are there? 

5. What is the aerodynamic effect 
on a low winged plane of firing the 
machine guns or cannon mounted 
in the wings ? Take our own Thun- 
derbolt for example. 

6. Is gasoline that is cracked 
still suitable for use as an avia- 
tion engine fuel ? 

7. What was the only plane to 
ever fly non-stop from Japan to 
the United States? 

8. Name four planes powered 
by the Allison engine. 

9. What type of plane is the 
Nomad ? 


1. Low-wing, high-wing, parasol 
and mid-wing. 

2. The angle between the line of 
moving air and a line from front 
to rear of an airplane wing. 

3. It is a 14 cylinder, radial type 
engine of 950 horsepower. 

4. There are 14. 

5. In a low winged fighter plane 
the guns mounted in the wings are 
below the center of gravity. The 
recoil force would be around the 
center of gravity and cause the 
plane to nose downward. 

6. Yes! Cracked gasoline is made 
from crude oil by a process known 
as destructive distillation or crack- 

7. A Bellanca cabin monoplane. 
It was flown from Tokyo to Wenat- 
chee, Wash, in 1931. The distance 
of 4,558 miles was covered in 41 

8. P-38 Lightning, P-39 Airaco- 
bra, P-40 Warhawk and P-51A 
Mustang. The attack bomber ver- 
sion of the Mustang, the A-36 
could also be included. 

9. It is a version of the Consoli- 
dated Catalina. It is manufactured 
at the Naval Aircraft Factory at 
the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 

"TAKE OFF" 22 JANUARY, 1944 




-The 1943 All-Star Baseball team 
cer.ainly reflected the great chang- 
es in baseball, due to the war. This 
year there were nine players chos- 
en whose names appeared on the 
All-Star list of members of the 
Baseba'l Writer's Association for 
the first time. The only player to 
be held over from the 1942 squad 
was Mor;on Cooper, great St. Lou- 
is Card right-hander. Luke App- 
ling, star shortstop of the Chicago 
White Sox, and batting king of the 
American League, came back after 
having been se'ected previously for 
the 1936 and 1940 teams. 

The 1943 squad brought recogni- 
cion to such estahlished players as 
Billy Herman, durable second-sack- 
er of the Brooklyn Dodgers; Rudy 
York, of the Tigers from Detroit; 
and Bi"l Nicholson of the Chicago 
Cubs, who had failed to make the 
team in other years. 

An All-Star brother battery was 
formed when Walker Cooper, of the 
Cardinals, was chosen as All-Star 

Stan Musial, the Cardinal slug- 
ging outfielder, headed the team 
with his 217 out of a possible max- 
imum of 224 votes. Spurgeon 
Chandler, star twirler of the New 
York Yankees, was runner-up with 
215 votes. Well, here it is, the 1943 
All-Star Baseball Team: (No. of 
votes in parenthesis) 

Dick Wakefield, Detroit Tigers, 

Left Field (122) 

Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals, 
Center Field (217) 

Bil; Nicholson, Chicago Cubs, 
Right Field (129) 

Rudy York, Detroit Tigers, 

First Base (165). 

Billy Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers, 
Second Base (128) 

Luke Appling, Chicago White Sox, 
Shortstop (131) 

Billy Johnson, New York Yankees, 
Third Base (109) 

Walker Cooper, St. Louis Cardinals 
Catcher (158) 

Spurgeon Chandler, New York 
Y^ankees, Pitcher (215) 

Morton Cooper, St. Louis Cardinals 
Pitcher (197) 

Truett SewiU, Pittsburgh Pirates, 
Pitcher (182) 

Of :he 1942 All-Star Team— Stan 
Hack, Ernie Bonham, Joe Gordon, 
Tex Hughson and Mickey Owen 
failed to qualify again — while Enos 
Slaughter, Joe Di Maggio, Ted 
Williams, Johnny Pesky, and John- 
ny Mize are all in the armed forces. 

Among the other players induct- 
ed since the close of the baseball 
season last October were: Mickey 
Witek of the New York Giants, 
Tommy Bridges of the Detroit Ti- 
gers, Hi Bithorn, Chicago Cubs; 
Johnny Hopp, Lou Klein and Harry 
Walker of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Answers on page 4 


Squadron C 

Saturday was the big day for the 
Junior Birdmen. Their experiences 
were many and varied. Some of 
them are as follows: 

A|S Kennedy, Solomon, and Miles 
had to use the cup, floor, and win- 

AIS Brodmerkle got over anxious 
and pulled the rip cord of his para- 
chute while he was s:ill in the 
plane. That was an expensive jerk 
for Bill to have the "chute" re- 

Everytime AIS "Tex" Marcum 
leaned forward to listen to his in- 
structor, he'd bump the stick and 
lose 500 feet before the pilot could 
straighten the ship out. 

Is it a P.X. girl or the "flu" that 
sent AIS Rivers to the infirmary 
with a tempera ;ure? 

A|S Birch, the man with a differ- 
ent girl each week, says it's Adele 
this time. He writes volumes of 
poetry to the current favorite. 

The chree group officers are ea- 
gerly awaiting their return to the 

Welcome to our newcomers. Sec. 
131 from Sq. B. 

AIS W. N. Partridge 

Sauadron B 

Readers are requested to make 
allowances for the fact that ye olde 
columnists are wridng this with 
pink knee and water-on-the-ej'e. 

It is widely believed that Squad- 
ron B triumphed in the inter-squad- 
ronal game with Squadron C large- 
ly as a result of the dazzling play 
of A|S "Beef" Purdy, the mighty 

Not only did B win honors in the 
sporting world this past week, it 
also entered the field of "higher 
art." It's members rendered a deep- 
throated song for the edification of 
the detachment at Retreat, Tues- 
day. (At the Captain's special re- 
quest). Rumor has i: they'll do a 
repeat performance shortly. 

Aj'S "Measles" Pretto threatens 
to spread another epidemic unless 
last week's "moving men" desist 
this week and let him get fuller 
benefit from his sack time. 

What "hungry beaver" doesn't 
make the chow line regularly and 
therefore helps himself to ham 
sandwiches from A|S's overloaded 
plates ? Captain Congleton looked 
into the matter and was told that 

"We share everything, Sir!" (Re- 
ply by A|S Mort Matz). 

A[S William Morris 
A|S Carl Nicolosi 

Squadron A 

If any of you bo3« have your 
girl friends and wives in the- vicin- 
ity, just consult AIS Robert Green 
for information as to the best way 
:o see them evenings. (A most 
unique solution, indeed). 

A lot of attention was attracted 
recently by AjS's Gibson, Cajthe- 
mol, Brennenstuhl and Watkins 
while enjoying their conversation 
on a mathematical topic in the 
mess hall. Enjoying the scene were 
many other A'S's, one of whom 
was AIS Gleason. 

At long last we've found a man 
who can solve those mysteries of 
the news-crossword puzzles. When 
not ocherwise occupied by the mys- 
teries of physics, AIS Metcalf can 
be seen working one and with fur- 
rowed brow. What next! 

And here's the most popular 
chow line expi-ession: "Stop, Ship- 

Recently AjS Peter Daniel put 
on an excellent acrobacic exhibi- 
tion (while carrying books too) on 
the slippery Thatcher ramp. Won- 
der why he now marches his sec- 
tion right up to the door ? 

Among the happiest faces seen 
last Monday morning was that of 
A|S John DeRoss. He had spent a 
pleasant weekend showing his par- 
ents the sights and wonders of 
Amherst and vicinity. 

AIS Benjamin Ostrofsky 

Squadron E 

A|S Cox looked somewhat like a 
poorly dressed soldier, as he had 
no buttons on his shirt, however, 
he wore a large, proud, happy 
smile. We wish to congratulate 
AjS Cox as his wife just presented 
him with a sweet baby girl. May 
such happiness continue in future 
years of married bliss. Once 
again, congratulations . . 

Some lerters sure carry meaning 
and sincerity. Now I was reading 
one starting such: "Dear Sweets". 
Now not letting this out, we might 
add, it was addressed to AjS Mac- 
Guire. (Wait until he reads this). 

Treat for shock! Oh yes, and 

keep warm. Well AjS MacMillian 

you sure must know the proper 

method of first aiding a victim by 

Cprxtinued on Page A 

'TAKE OFF" 22 JANUARY, 1944 


By Mortimer 

Squadron "B's" reply to the detachment on their solemness 
solemness at the singing retreat on Monday — Quote: "Our 
specialty is dancing." "We've also got a few fellows who can 
recite."— all men with the classification of "choir boy" fall 
out. Squadron B's favorite is Tschaikowsky's Concerto in 
Asia Minor.. 

The city girl who didn't believe we get milk from a cow 
spent the summer on a farm and found out that it wasn't the 

Knees are a luxury. If you don't think so, just try to get 
a hold of one. 

Many an athletic heart is being bred here— in fact, if you're 
patient and stay around long enough, you can hear mine beat 
once in every' three days. 

"I gave my girl a wonderful present last night." 
"I gave mine a wonderful past." 

A girl is sometimes like the ocean — she may look green, but 
she can get awfully rough. 

After one week of seeing my name daily on the bulletin 
board, after much bawling out and corrective sweeping of my 
floor, I've come to the conclusion that an ash tray is some- 
thing to put cigarette ashes in when the room has no floor. In 
Lewis Hall, Cpl. Smith proved to be the "room orderly of the 
week" for practically every room. More power to him, I just 
hope he gives us all a hand on Friday nights. 
"Oh dear; I've missed you so much!" 
And she raised her revolver and tried again. 

Dear Mortimer: 

After this war is over I would like to have a new occupation. 

However, I must have a position that will let me have a 
good time when I want it. Have you any suggestions, Morti- 

Signed, G.I. Joe. 

Dear Joe : 

Go down to the sugar plantation and raise '3ain. 


A patient in an insane asylum was trying to convince an 
attendant that he was Napoleon. 

"But who told you that you were Napoleon ?" 

"God did," repUed the inmate. 

"I did not' !" came a voice from the next bunk. 


This week's column is an attempt 
to familiai-ize you with some of the 
fellows who comprise the staff of 
the Take Off. 

AjS Stewart J. Petrie, who, as 
:he whip cracking editor in chief, 
has done an outstanding job for 
the past three months of coordi- 
nating and presenting the news and 
activities of interest to you here 
at the 58th. ■ 

"Stu" has a humorous story for 
every situation and has a manner 
all his own for telling them. 

Quiet, ambitious, tall, dark, and 
handsome, (I can feel the weight 
of that whip) "Stu" is a na':ural 

His army career began at the 
completion of pre-medieal studies 
at the University of Conn, when 
his advanced R.O.T.C. unit was ac- 
tivated to undergo basic infamtry 
training at Oamp Wheeler, Geor- 

Transferring to the Air Corps 
for Air Crew Training is, in a way, 
carrying on family tradition as his 
father was a pilot in the last World 

Answers To Quiz 

NOT AT NO. 1! It's the British 
"Whirlwind" 1, a low wing, sing<le 
seat fighter, powered by twin en- 
gines. The wings have a long rec- 
tangular section and the outer pan- 
els taper sharply to rounded tips. 
Its engines extend ahead of the 
short nose of the slender fuselage. 
Both edges of the tailplane taper 
to rounded tips. 

FIRE AT NO. 2! It's the Japanese 
Mi.subishi 96-1 "Otari," a twin en- 
gine long range fighter escort. The 
leading edge of the low set wings 
is straight and the trailing edge 
is swept forward to rounded tips. 
Its fuselage is thin and slabsided, 
with a long rounded nose. The rec- 
tangular tailplane has three fins 
and twin rudders. 

The "master of corn" and the 
"scamp of the detachment"— intro- 
ducing our nimble witted humor 
man, A|S Mortimer Matz. 

Before his induction into the ar- 
my, Mort, attended Columbia Uni- 
versity and, in general, took things, 

He spent the early part of his ar- 
my life a'; an operations training 
school in Oklahoma and in a mili- 
tary police squadron. He is a natur- 
al comedian with a flair for "on 
the spot" comments. He has caus